Sheila E. Talks Prince's Private Memorial: "It Was Very Somber, Quiet"

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Prince playing the Hollywood Palladium in 2014

"You don't realize how many lives he's touched. I don't think he really realized it," the former fiancee of the artist, who died Thursday, said.

Prince's former fiancee, Sheila E., recently opened up about the late artist's private service, which took place over the weekend. 

"It was very somber, quiet," she told E! News. "We were playing his songs, his music at a very low volume, and it was hard to hear. Some songs were harder than others to listen to."

Prince was found dead inside an elevator of his Paisley Park home Thursday morning. He was 57. Prince was cremated. The cause of death is still under investigation. 

Sheila E. said the service was difficult for the small group of family and close friends in attendance. 

"It was hard. A lot of crying, a lot of grieving," she said. "We were all just holding each other up."

Since news broke of his passing, there have been tributes around the globe. Sheila E. said Prince would have been astounded by the outpouring of love. 

"You don't realize how many lives he's touched. I don't think he really realized it," she said. "I think the fans are doing what he would have wanted them to do, which is celebrate his music, not mourn. And have parties because he loved to have parties." 

A date for a public remembrance has not been announced. 

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