A private funeral was held for family and friends as the world comes to terms with Prince's passing.
The rockstar's publicist released a statement, announcing the singer was cremated and the final destination for his ashes would not be disclosed:
"A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye. Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private.”
It's hard to comprehend, in the era of instant access, that fans may never be able to visit the final resting place of such a prolific, universally adored singer.
A public celebration of his music is said to be announced in the coming weeks. Prince's brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips, also indicated the famous Paisley Park recording studios may eventually become a museum. He spoke of how hard the singer worked in the days leading up to his sudden death:
"He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law. [The museum] would be for the fans. He was all about the fans - this would remember his music, which is his legacy. Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered."
The cause of Prince's death is still unknown, and reports of an overdose are still pure speculation. The toxicology results could take up to four weeks to go public.
As the music industry continues to mourn, fellow musician Lady Gaga paid her respects to the equally eccentric artist on Instagram, writing a passionate dedication about art and the afterlife:
I tend to believe that when we die our souls hover for at least a moment if not longer before they either rest or are recycled into the consciousness of an already living being or maybe a newborn baby. Isn't it amazing Prince shared his soul with us so deeply before his death, and now after we will be replenished endlessly by both his legacy and all that he still has to give from the beyond. Thank you for sharing your life with us Prince. Giving up your anonymity because you felt compelled to share your gift. We learned so much. You just found God early, he needed you upstairs to innovate in heaven. ??????
Prince's immense career success only continues with his passing, as Billboard announced a new set of sales achievements including a 5th #1 album (The Very Best Of Prince), the first act with the #1 and #2 album in a decade, and 18 albums to reach the top ten.