MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Since we learned that Prince died on Thursday, it seems like his music is playing just about everywhere. Even the bell tower at Minneapolis City Hall.
At about 1 p.m. Sunday, the bell ringers played a few of Prince’s hit songs. He was 57 years old.READ MORE: Wastewater Testing Reveals Scale Of St. Paul's COVID Spread
Saturday Prince’s family members and close friends gathered at Paisley Park for a private ceremony.
Nina Moini has more on the memorial service and the investigation into the star’s death.
Rain or shine, the celebration of life continued from the moment the world knew Prince was gone.
Thousands came to First Avenue every night since the star’s death. When the scene of his smash hit “Purple Rain” reached capacity, people stood outside, keeping Prince’s music alive.
“It’s not easy to lose someone that you love and has been a part of our life for so long. It’s very challenging,” Sheila E. said.
Since he passed away early Thursday morning, those closest to Prince allowed the public to feel close to him. A man who pioneered the Minneapolis Sound, who was often considered very private, made no secret of his love for his fans.READ MORE: 'I'm Scared For My Patients': As COVID Cases Surge, Delta Plus Variant Worries Medical Experts
“He’s thinking about us and continuing to give to us even though it’s really hard to say he’s not in the world anymore,” fan Kathy Roderick said.
It’s why his family members passed out mementos to those visiting Paisley Park in Chanhassen.
“Welcome to Carver County, I wish it was under different circumstances,” Sheriff Jim Olson said.
The world is watching and waiting to learn more about a man who was mysterious in life, and now in death.
The Carver County Sheriff reports Prince was last seen Wednesday night, when an acquaintance dropped him off at Paisley Park. After a 911 call on Thursday morning, paramedics found Prince unresponsive in an elevator.
Medics performed CPR, but were unsuccessful. Authorities say there were no obvious signs of trauma and Prince was alone when he died.MORE NEWS: Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum Return To Minnesota, Olympic Medals In Hand
Fans are continuing to focus on his life. We’ve learned that this coming Saturday, a celebration of Prince’s life is taking place. It will be held at the Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis, the location where Prince attended Bryant Junior High.