Prince’s Ashes Will Be Displayed On The Fifth Anniversary Of His Death
Paisley Park officials are marking the fifth anniversary of Prince’s death this April by offering fans free admission to pay their respects at the suburban Minnesota compound, where his ashes will be on display in the atrium, Billboard reports.
A custom-made ceramic urn shaped like Paisley Park adorned with Prince’s symbol on top was originally placed in the middle of the atrium, greeting visitors as they started the Paisley tour.
At the request of Prince’s family, his ashes were moved to a frosted plastic case attached to the front of the balcony, a less prominent spot in the atrium. They eventually removed the urn entirely from public view.
A total of 1,400 people fortunate enough to get reservations at paisleypark.com will be allowed inside on April 21st for 30-minute visits to the atrium from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be 70 time slots available, with 20 people per slot. There will be no regular tours that day in the Chanhassen, Minnesota grounds. Masks are required and no cellphone photos will be allowed.
On April 21, fans are allowed to leave flowers, mementos, and other memorials next to the statue of Prince’s symbol (which was built last July) in front of Paisley Park.
Paisley Park Executive Director Alan Seiffert said in a statement, “We celebrate his life and legacy every day at Paisley Park, a place that Prince wanted to share with the world. So, on this day especially, we acknowledge the incredible force and inspiration Prince is in people’s lives and open up our doors for them to pay their respects.”
Prince was 57 years old when he died after taking what he thought was Vicodin but was actually a counterfeit painkiller that was laced with fentanyl on April 21, 2016.
An online memorial will be posted at paisleypark.com.