Legendary musician Prince has just been publicly declared Dead. This is not a hoax or Internet prank. It is a developing story and there are no details yet.
Waiting to hear more, sitting here, all I can think of is the lyrics that Prince spoke in the beginning of his hit song Let’s Go Crazy.
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life, it means forever and that’s a mighty long time but I’m here to tell you, there’s something else. The after world. A world of never-ending happiness, you can always see the sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, you know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright. Instead of asking him how much of your time is left ask him how much of your mind, baby. ‘Cause in this life, things are much harder than in the after world. In this life, you’re on your own. And if the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy, punch a higher floor.”
He was only 57 years old. Three decades of his life were spent writing music and dabbling in all forms of art.
When he was born into this world he was given the name, Prince Roger Nelson. Prince died a living legend. His influence in the music industry will live on forever.
The news of his death comes as quite a shock. Little is known right now about a cause of death. It was widely reported last week that his plane made an emergency landing because the artist was suffering from flu-like symptoms. The hospital treated him and released him three hours later.
In a statement recently released, a representative from the performers estate said, “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,” and “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
This is a tragic loss to the world. Prince was everybit as legendary as Michael Jackson if not more so. Prince Fan’s are beside themselves.
One fan I spoke with on Twitter said that from early on in his childhood there had always been a Prince song that was part of his life. As a child of the 80’s I would have to agree that Prince was a huge part of my life.
My favorite Prince song has always been Raspberry Beret. I was 10 years old when it first came on the radio. I taped it off the radio and played it all summer. Just sitting around in all my geeky glory imagining me with a girl and a motorcycle. I fell in love with music and romance because of Prince.
As we wait on details of his passing, let me close with another set of lyrics that might be especially comforting to bereaved fans.
From the song he will always be known by, Purple Rain.
“I never meant to cause you any sorrow. I never meant to cause you any pain. I only wanted to one time, to see you laughing.I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain.”
Rest In Peace Prince and thank you for making the world a better place by sharing your talent.