Prince Worked '154 Hours Straight' Before His Death

| by Brendan Kelly
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A family member of the late singer Prince has revealed that leading up to his death, Prince got little sleep for several weeks as he worked tirelessly.

"He worked 154 hours straight," Maurice Phillips, Prince's brother-in-law, said, according to Daily Mail. "I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law."

Phillips greeted Prince fans who waited outside the fence at the singer's Minnesota recording studio and compound, Paisley Park, during the memorial service on April 23. According to Phillips, Prince was working through various medical problems and continuing with his busy workload before his death.

Members of the Paisley Park staff later handed out purple boxes filled with t-shirts and booklets to the fans who showed up to pay tribute to the legendary musician.

Family and friends held a small, private ceremony to honor the musician with a "loving goodbye" after his remains were cremated following an autopsy, Chicago Tribune reports.

The full list of attendees of the ceremony has not been revealed but seen on the grounds of Paisley Park that day were Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, her husband Phillips, bassist Larry Graham, and percussionist Sheila E.

Prince was found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park estate on April 21. The cause of death has not yet been announced, though an autopsy has been completed. Officials said the autopsy results could take weeks.

Sources: Daily MailChicago Tribune / Photo Credit: Mark Kreusch/Splash News via Daily Mail, nicolas genin/Wikimedia Commons

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