Tyka, late star’s sister, shown as his ashes is carried to waiting car after secret cremation
57-year-old Prince had told his family he wanted “no drama” and instead insisted on a quiet service
He was adored by millions of fans but music icon Prince was always determined that his final exit would echo the way he lived life – away from the spotlight.
While thousands of fans flocked to his home to pay their respects after he died on Thursday, the rock star’s family were already carrying out his funeral plan.
And on Friday, as the world continued to mourn his death, the Purple Rain singer was secretly cremated after his family followed his wishes that there “be no drama”.
World exclusive pictures in the Sunday Mirror show the poignant moment his family took the icon’s ashes on to their final resting place.
The service is a stark contrast to to that of his bitter rival Michael Jackson whose funeral was beamed live across the world as Hollywood greats gathered to pay their respects.
Prince’s body was quietly released back to his family shortly after 1pm on Friday after undergoing a four hour autopsy at the Minnesota medical examiner’s office in Ramsey.
From there he was driven across Minneapolis to the First Memorial Western Chapel where, accompanied his sister Tyka, her son Prez and another member of the family, he was cremated.
“Throughout his life and following his Jehovah’s Witness faith Prince made it clear to his family that if he ever were to be taken from us he wanted to die with dignity,” said a family friend.
“He had very precise ideas about how he wanted his death to be handled and that didn’t involve a huge funeral but a quiet service.
He wanted it to be kept to the minimum of fuss. Prince was such figure you don’t need a funeral to remember him by.
“The world has his music instead. He wanted to simply disappear with no fuss, no drama, no fanfare. It was just his style.
“It could not have been more different to Jackson’s service that was full of Hollywood razzmatazz.”
In keeping with his Jehovah Witness religion Prince’s service was carried out within a week of his death.
After his body arrived at the chapel around 2pm on Friday the service, which usually costs £1110, was carried out about an hour later.
His family stayed inside for four hours until being presented with a casket containing Prince’s ashes.
“Tyka was adamant she didn’t wanted to leave him,” added the source.
“Although in the past they often endured a fraught relationship in recent years and right now she has been like a rock throughout these dark days.
“As his only full blood relative alive Prince always looked out for Tyka and now she is doing all she can for him.”
Tyka is a mother of six who beat a drug addiction after Prince paid for a stint in rehab.
She bounced back to follow in her brother footsteps and become a recording artist.
Photo: James Breeden
His family at the chapel in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Now, the 55-year-old and her husband Maurice Phillips are planning a massive memorial tribute for fans.
Tyka is likely to inherit Prince’s estimated £200 million fortune if he failed to leave a will.
Finance experts say the sum could however be much larger as it could include his £330million back catalogue of music which he retained the rights too.
If, due to the sudden nature of his death, Prince failed to leave a will under Minnesota law his estate will be handed to Tyka as his closest living relative.
Police are continuing to investigate Prince’s death and are set to interview his family, friends and staff in the coming days.
Officials told the Sunday Mirror they are building “an intense, detailed picture of his life” covering the last four weeks.
They are focusing on the seven days leading up to his death – and particularly why his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing so he could receive medical help.
Five days before his death Prince is said to have suffered a drug overdose on his Gulfstream jet after taking the painkiller Percocet.
Sources claim he ingested so much of the drug to alleviate problems with his hip that his condition turned serious while at 42,00ft.
Despite despite only being 48 minutes from his home his management decided to divert the plane to Moline, Illinois, for urgent medical attention.
Prince passed away on Thursday at his home
After arriving at hospital he was reportedly given a “save shot” normally administered in dire circumstances to drug overdose victims.
Doctors advised Prince would need to be monitored for 24 hours but when his management failed to secure him a private room they discharged him.
When he left three hours later he was described as “not doing well”.Prince made an appearance at a party in Minnesota the next day, eerily telling fans to “wait a few days before you waste any prayers”.
And just hours before his death he was seen at a pharmacy looking “nervous and frail”.
On Friday, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said there were no obvious signs of trauma on Prince’s body when he was found.
He added there was no reason to believe his death was a suicide.
The medical examiner’s office said it “will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained.”
Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home
Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was found unresponsive in lift at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Paramedics tried to perform CPR but were unable to revive him, authorities said.
He was pronounced dead at 10.07am, less than 30 minutes after police responded to a frantic 911 call from the scene.
Sheriff Olson said he could not confirm whether Prince was taking medication.
But, he promised: “We are going to leave no stone unturned and make sure the public knows what happened.”
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