Prince Rogers Nelson, known simply as Prince, died Thursday at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
The singer’s death was sudden. He had performed as recently as April 16th and had several projects, including a memoir, in the works. His most recent album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was released earlier this year.
“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.” – Yvette Noel-Schure, publicist
Prince was a prolific musician and captivating performer. In his forty years as a recording artist, Prince released more than 30 studio albums and completed 28 concert tours. He also won seven Grammy awards, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain”.
Prince was also a fashion icon, bringing a mix of edge and flamboyance to the stage.
There has been an outpouring of love and grief from fans, as well as Prince’s music industry peers.
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
i promise this was the greatest moment of my entire life. i wish i could relive it everyday. pic.twitter.com/i7oax7tLYr
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016
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It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince
My heart is broken. There are no words.
I love you!
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) April 21, 2016
Prince will be remembered for more than his chart-topping singles. He inspired a generation to embrace their eccentricities and express themselves without hesitation. And so, with a heavy heart, we say goodbye to a legend, an icon and a pioneer.
“But life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.” – Prince, “1999”
Coog Radio will be doing a Prince marathon on air all weekend so make sure to check that out right here at CoogRadio.com
By: BreeAngela Hamilton