The artist known as Prince passed away earlier today at his Paisley Park studio and estate in Minnesota. He was 57 years old. The cause of death is still unknown. According to some reports, he had been “fighting the flu.”
Yvette Noel-Schure, Prince’s publicist, states:
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.”
Prince was born on June 7, 1958 as Prince Rogers Nelson and went on to revolutionize the music industry. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and successfully released 39 albums during his career. He won seven Grammy Awards and earned 30 nominations. Five of his singles have topped the charts and he won an Oscar for the original song score to “Purple Rain.”
“The singer’s predilection for lavishly kinky story-songs earned him the nickname, His Royal Badness. He is also known as the “Purple One” because of his colorful fashions. His sound was as unique and transfixing as he. He created what became known as Minneapolis sound which was a funky blend of pop, synth and new wave.” (source)
Prince was more than a singer or musician. He was a legend!
I’m Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
When George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Prince along with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and George’s son Dhani Harrison covered a powerful version of the song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by the Beatles. Prince didn’t sing, but his guitar solo easily stole the show.
Prince had a passion for what he did and that can clearly be seen in the video below.
He will be missed!
[h/t: Live for Live Music]
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