Friends and family mourned the legendary singer Prince in a private memorial service over the weekend, and now his fans will get a chance to say goodbye. A public memorial will be held outside of Los Angeles City Hall, Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT).
“The City of Los Angeles will hold a memorial tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson featuring very special guests to honor his legacy in music and philanthropy,” a statement on LA’s City Hall Facebook page read. “This event is free and open to the public.”
Even though Prince was from Minnesota, L.A. wanted to hold the public service for Prince since the video for his 1991 hit single “Diamonds and Pearls” was shot there. “The City of Los Angeles is proud to have been the home away from home for a tremendous talent that touched our city," the statement said. "We look forward to celebrating his contributions to music, Los Angeles, and the world."
Prince died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was reportedly found unconscious in an elevator with the prescription painkiller Percocet on him. Rumors swirled that he overdosed on the drug, but results from a toxicology report won’t confirm the assumption for several weeks.
In the meantime, Prince’s family is said to be fighting over his estimated $300 million fortune since he died without a will. His longtime friend and collaborator, Sheila E., reportedly wants to control the money for his six siblings, who stand to inherit his wealth.
But Sheila’s main concern is that Prince’s death will be exploited for profit. "[She] has promoted that the family or Paisley Park representatives have the final decision in regards to the usage of his name and likeness," a statement to Entertainment Tonight Online read. "She feels strongly that tributes, concerts, or promotions should be authorized, and net revenues generated, be distributed in Prince's name to charities and causes which Prince has supported in the past."
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