It was first announced as a death in the Prince mansion but it is now confirmed. The pop legend who inspired the better part of today’s stars is the one who died in his Minneapolis property. According to reports the global icon born Prince Rogers Nelson was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park complex which also houses his recording studio. Attempts to revive Prince proved futile and he was pronounced dead at a few minutes past 10am Thursday morning. While the cause of death is yet to be officially communicated, the 57 year-old was reported to have been struggling with flu symptoms for the past few weeks. His reps said that Prince was also severely dehydrated when he interrupted his tour to make a stop at an Illinois health facility on the morning of April 15.
The entertainment world is mourning not just the death of a legendary pop singer, but an enormously gifted icon who inspired a whole generation of artists. The phenomenon that was Prince started when he was born into a musical family in June 1958. His musical talents began manifesting after he was asked to record guitar tracks for a relative’s band. A couple of months later Prince cut his first demo tape and the rest, as they say, is history. Those humble beginnings were to be the start of an unmatched career that spawned countless number one hits and more than 40 albums. Not only did Prince make hit music, he flipped the entertainment industry on its head and created a colorblind culture where all races were united by the power of music. His brand of pop borrowed from rock and roll just as much as it did from the blues and traditional gospel. And he was the one brave enough to sing out those erotic impulses we all have inside.
You would need a day or more if you were to sit down and recite the names of all the artists who borrowed from Prince in one way or the other. Off the top of my head I would say Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Maxwell and Miguel. Artists loved Prince not just for paving the way for them, but for how hard he fought for them to get their rightful dues from record labels and from online distributors.
Even after a stellar 40-year career that saw him evolve into something of a god, Prince was still hard at work on his music. Early this year he released his latest album, ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’ which this writer can’t get enough of. He was also said to be embarking on a memoir tentatively titled ‘The Beautiful Ones’.
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