Prince’s Sister Tells Fans A Public Memorial Service Is Planned For August
'We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince'
Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has shared the news that a public memorial for the late, great musician will be held in August.
Prince tragically passed away at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota in April aged 57.
Posting about the summer memorial on Facebook, Tyka Nelson wrote: “U know I only come on here when I have sumthin' ta say...So Let me make myself VERY CLEAR! I nor my brother's remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services, until the families Memorial/Funeral/Tribute.
“Please Don't misunderstand...The grief process is a unique experience to each individual and Therefore I support any and all Memorials or Funerals that have happened and/or are being planned...However I will Not be in attendance, because I feel that once…is enough.
“My brother was a Very Private man and so a Funeral had been planned for Saturday April 23rd. But on the evening of Friday April 22nd while we were in the process of inviting a small group of family and friends, those Funeral plans had to be sadly aborted. With the help of the Paisley Park staff (because some friends had already flown into town) we held an intimate gathering due to that cancelation, however it was Not a Funeral.
“Also because there are reports floating around…I unfortunately want to address this issue: To my knowledge…No One in my family has fought about anything, and least of all me…but I must admit I think it's funny that I’m the one they say, "Stormed out..." or that “We are at war” Me? Us? “Really? Where was I when all that happened? [sic]”
Reiterating a previous statement, Tyka confirmed the family are planning an official memorial service, saying: “Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way.
"We appreciate the public’s patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences. We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince. Details will be coming soon.”
She added that the proposed plan is to have the tribute in August, with more updates to be announced.
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