By Robyn Collins
Apparently, there is such thing as an amicable separation. Prince’s ex-wives Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia honored the late superstar last night (May 11) at a special memorial service at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.
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Keyboardist Greg Phillinganes opened the memorial with a performance of “Sometimes it Snows in April,” reports Billboard. Nile Rodgers, Mavis Staples, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Spike Lee spoke at the ceremony. Esperanza Spalding and Janelle Monae paid respect with musical performances.
Testolini, Garcia, Omarr Baker (the son of Prince’s mother, Mattie, and her second husband, Hayward Baker) and others also shared about their time with Prince, who died April 21 at his Paisley Park home and studio in Minneapolis.
Spike Lee assured guests that there will be a Brooklyn event in Prince’s honor on June 7, the date Prince would have turned 58. Lee dressed in purple from head to toe to honor the late music legend. He teased his purple ensemble in an Instagram post, which featured the caption, “Purple beret and purple Kobe’s for Prince memorial tonight in El Lay.”
Prince’s six surviving siblings made a statement last Friday (May 6) that no public memorial, funeral or tribute service has been organized or authorized by his family or Paisley Park representatives. The cause of the artist’s death is still being investigated.