Prince mourned at private memorial service

Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Late pop icon Prince was remembered at a private service at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Minnetonka, Minnesota, on Sunday.

Although the singer was cremated shortly after his death on April 21 at age 57, the private, invite-only event marked a formal ceremony, reports

Several celebrities attended the private, scripture-driven service, including comedian Sinbad.

A source said that the guests consisted mostly of the singer’s friends and congregation, adding that a few of the singer’s family members may also have attended.

“Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958. As a musician, his accomplishments speak for themselves and offer undeniable testimony to his artistry and talent,” read the program for the service.

“However, he also had a deep interest in spiritual things. In 1996, he began to study the Bible and enjoy warm friendship with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Then, on March 28, 2003, after seven years of Bible study, he symbolised his personal dedication to God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” the document continued.

The program also included a quote from the singer himself, who said: “If I were to ever write down my life story, I could truly say with all the fame and glory, I was just a piece of clay in need of the potter’s hand”.

The “Purple rain” singer is survived by his sister Tyka, as well as five half-siblings, John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker. They have all faced off in court over Prince’s net worth, which has been estimated at $300 million, though Tyka says they “remain united”.



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