Some may call him an immortal Rock God or even a music pioneer; he was an artist unlike any other; Prince Rogers Nelson otherwise known internationally as Prince passed on Thursday April 21, 2016 he was 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Estate in Minnesota. A man called 9-1-1 and reported that the singer was unconscious. The caller would later say that he was in fact dead. Deputies dispatched to the Paisley Park would identify the victim as Prince. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office tweeted,
Deputies are on scene of a death investigation at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. More info to follow. -814
Later in the afternoon they would confirm the identity of the deceased tweeting,
Prince Rogers Nelson (57) found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death. 802jk
The music legend not only entertained us but he also mesmerized the world with his mix of sexuality and spirituality in his music and style and he influenced and inspired other artists and several generations of fans that came to know his music.
He was a rock superstar but there are many things that his most devout fans never knew about the “Purple Rain” singer. He was extremely an extremely private person which may have played a part in our fascination with Prince. His estate Paisley Park was not only one of his residences but also was a recording studio and concert hall. He was known to throw parties and concerts at the estate that shared the name of his record label.
Prince exploded onto the music scene by signing his first album deal when he was just a teenager. He has amassed more than 4 dozen albums kicked off countless tours with the most recent being the Piano and a Microphone which recently passed through Atlanta. He previously postponed two performances due to illness, he rescheduled to April 14. During the Atlanta leg of his Piano and a Microphone Tour would end up being his last public concert. After his Atlanta concert Prince fell ill on his private plane, it was diverted to Moline, Illinois for an emergency landing where Prince was transported to an area hospital. It was later reported that The Purple One was ok and had made it home and resting with the flu.
Prince Tweeted out to his legion of fans saying
I am #transformed
During his career Prince won many awards including seven Grammys and one Oscar. He was associated with many celebrities including Apollonia, Sheila E., Sherilyn Fenn, Carmen Electra and Madonna just to name a few. Although for the most part he was a man of mystery we do know that he was married twice and that in 2001 he converted to Jehovah’s Witness. He was very protective of his privacy and restricted most of his music from being streamed online. He saw himself as an artist (the David) against the record labels (the goliath). His epic fight with the music conglomerates drove him to change his name to a symbol. It was that act of defiance of being what he described as professional slave that he became known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince after legally changing his name. He was a champion for artists rights.
After word of Prince’s death spread over the internet, social media and television, stars and fans alike reached out to express their grief and admiration for the music icon. Fans began leaving flowers and purple balloons at Paisley Park. Fans gathered outside the Minneapolis landmark, First Avenue to pay tribute to the late singer. The marquee at the legendary Apollo Theater also marked the passing of Prince.
At some point on Thursday, the cartoon icon on Prince’s official Twitter page change to an icon of Prine with his eyes closed and appears to be resting with his third eye open. Throughout the day stars tweeted condolences, Singer Justin Timberlake tweeted,
Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted,
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.
Talk show host and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg tweeted,
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
And singer Gloria Estefan tweeted,
I’m so sad we’ve lost @prince the legend,the master,a musical juggernaut that knew no boundaries.He left indelible footprints in music.?RIP
Fans grieving may be hard pressed to find Prince’s music online and if history is any indicator his albums will be selling off the shelves. More details will be added as information becomes available. You can subscribe to get my postings delivered directly to your email by clicking on the link above. You can also follow me on Twitter:@sac_tv_examiner or on Facebook.