Legendary Artist Prince Dies at Age 57

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Music legend and star of the seminal 80s movie Purple Rain, Prince died Thursday, April 21 at the age of 57.

Reports first circulated that Minnesota sheriffs were investigating a death at the legendary singer’s Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis. TMZ.com was the first outlet to confirm the death. His passing was later confirmed to the Associated Press by his publicist.

Last week the man born Prince Rodgers Nelson was hospitalized in Illinois with what was reported as the flu.

While he had some chart success before Purple Rain, the semi-autobiographical film and accompanying soundtrack album became his launchpad to legend.

In all, the prolific musician released 39 studio albums, four live albums between 1978 and 2016.

Fans from all walks expressed their grief in the after the first reports of his passing first started to trickle out.

Prince’s last national television performance was an eight-minute set on the Chris Rock hosted Saturday Night Live. One of his most memorable performances was at the Super Bowl in 2007.

 

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  • Valhallaback Girl

    Such a beautiful tribute, Craig. Thanks duders. I don’t think people are prepared to realize what this odd but incredibly talented man gave to the entire music industry. He’ll always reign.

    • Yep the guy was totally a creative force of nature.

    • HasenKlub

      Absolutely, Prince wrote like half of everybody’s favorite songs.

  • AbbySaurus

    Strangely, that Kurt Loder tweet made me tear up a little. That’s my Prince. Watching MTV and dancing in my living room with my sister to Prince videos and then Kurt Loder would give us news.

    • JenVegas

      Me too Abby, me too.

      • Me three. I’m in a training class at work and we’re all tearing up.

  • Crushed, I am.

  • Also, my forever favorite Prince gif.

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