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Prince Honored With Private Jehovah's Witness Memorial Service

Prince Dead Funeral Jehovahs Witness Service
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May 16 2016, Published 11:37 a.m. ET

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Prince was remembered this weekend by yet another faction of his life: the Jehovah's Witness community.

The music legend was honored during a private funeral service at the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Minnesota, where he regularly visited.

"It was a beautiful service, a tribute to Prince," said Richard Weiner, who was just one of 450 in attendance. "They talked about his faith, how he became a Jehovah's Witness in 2003, and his actions after that were to glorify God in words and deeds."

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Pamphlets at the ceremony featured a quote from his song "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed," reading: "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 star-studded event also included Prince protégée Sheila E., comedian Sinbad, and bassist Larry Graham, who first introduced the "Purple Rain" hit-maker to the religion.

"I think Prince would've been moved by the service," Minnesota local Ursula Love shared, adding that he "wasn't only a spiritual brother and a fantastic musician but he cared so much about people. He was a dear man to us all."

But not everyone in Prince's life decided to attend the funeral. Sister Tyka Nelson opted to skip out on the service, claiming she had already paid tribute to her brother enough.

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"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," she wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

As reported, Prince, 57, was discovered unresponsive in an elevator at 9:43 a.m. on April 21, inside his infamous Chanhassen residence.

Now, investigators are looking into a possible drug overdose as the cause of death, and whether it had anything to do with the doctor allegedly prescribing him pills in the weeks before his death.



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