Pop Icon Prince Dead At Age 57

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Pop superstar Prince was found dead in an elevator by sheriff's deputies who had been called to his suburban Minneapolis compound.

Purple Tears

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," the statement reads. "There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time."

Today, April 21, 2016, one of the most iconic musical geniuses in my lifetime Prince passed away at the young age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis. A cause of death has not been revealed. Prince had a medical emergency on April 15, 2016 that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. The next day he appeared at a concert to assure his fans he was okay. It was reported that he was battling flu-like symptoms. The news of Prince’s sudden passing became an immediate trend on social media. A plethora of celebrities and fans expressed their love and condolences to the late great singer. Many of them compared his passing to the 2009 death of his fellow iconic pop contemporary Michael Jackson.

The news of his death was a shocker to me, too. I instantly began reminiscing about “The Purple One”. My earliest memory of Prince was the movie, Purple Rain, which was his movie-starring debut. I remembered watching that movie many times on VHS and reenacting his dance moves. Also, having a crush on sex symbol Apollonia Kotero. Prince’s starring role as Kid and the Purple Rain soundtrack catapulted him to megastar status and put him on the same level of other 1980s pop icons such as Michael Jackson and Madonna. The epic singles “When Doves Cry” and Let’s Go Crazy" peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Prince won an Oscar for original score in 1985.

Prince's timeless music was the soundtrack to my life.

Prince's Bio

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known by his stage name Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney. His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.

After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign "O" the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol (Prince logo.svg), also known as the "Love Symbol". He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros.; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He released 15 albums since then, including his latest, HITnRUN Phase One, which was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on September 7, 2015 before being released on CD on September 15, 2015 by NPG Records.

Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Prince & Vanity rocking with the doves above

Thank you, Prince, for leaving the world an incredible body of work. You were an inspiration, a musical genius, an icon, and one amazing performer. Also, a sex symbol! You were linked to many extraordinary-looking women such as Vanity, Apollonia, Carmen Electra, Kim Basinger, Madonna, and Sheila E. How many men can say that? You were the Man!

R.I.P. Prince! I hope you and Vanity are rocking with the doves above!!!

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author avatar Shamarie
23rd Apr 2016 (#)

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author avatar Mariah
23rd Apr 2016 (#)

Blinding tribute to ''The Prince"
and I love the images too.
He was a one off wasn't he! multi talented songwriter, brilliant singer and compelling entertainer.
Great share, thank you

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author avatar ginaguo
24th Apr 2016 (#)

I feel so sad, how can people die suddenly without any warning in such a young age? Our life is too evanescent.
Everything makes no sense!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
24th Apr 2016 (#)

Shamarie, I was deeply saddened to hear of Prince's passing. Thanks for sharing this article. Hugs to you!

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
25th Apr 2016 (#)

Great to see this sudden and necessary tribute to His Purple Badness. Many are called legends. Few deserve that title. He did.

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author avatar Shamarie
25th Apr 2016 (#)

Thanks for the wonderful comments, friends!!!

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author avatar Eileen
17th Aug 2016 (#)

Prince is truly The Beautiful One. Everything he did. Everyone he touched. Everything he gave. Everything he left us with.

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