A private memorial service is being held for Prince at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Saturday, multiple sources confirm to ET.
State troopers were at the complex during the day to help escort family and friends, including Sheila E. and Damaris Lewis, inside as they began to pay their respects to the late singer. Groceries, flowers and flasks of coffee were all delivered in the early afternoon.
Prince’s half-brother, Maurice Philllips, spoke with media and fans who were gathered at the gates, telling them that the family is “willing to share and talk to people.”
Phillips also admitted that his wife is “doing better than me,” and that their six kids are handling the situation very well. “They’re taking it pretty good, but the paparazzi is chasing them down, following them and all that,” he said.
Prince’s bassist, Larry Graham, addressed fans as well, going down a line of people and hugging them. He thanked everyone for coming out, letting them know that they were “bringing the love out here.”
Graham also opened up to ET, admitting that he needs all the hugs he can get and saying, “We’ve got a great support team, from the little ones to the big ones. It’s amazing, and thank y’all so much.”
Fans have covered the gates of Paisley Park in shades of purple since news of Prince’s death on Thursday at age 57, with hundreds of balloons, flowers and signs lining the fences.
On Thursday, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told ET that the legendary musician was found unresponsive in an elevator when officials responded to a call at Paisley Park Studios at 9:43 a.m. An autopsy was conducted on Friday, after which is body was turned over to family.
Results of the autopsy will take several days to come back, but a source tells ET that Prince did have some health issues. He contracted the flu earlier this month, which then turned into walking pneumonia. He was also dealing with a hip injury.
Paisley Park, which includes the singer’s home and a recording studio, is located about 20 miles southwest of Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis.