The Icon – PRINCE
Has Died at age 57
The world was shocked by the news of Music Legend, PRINCE passing away at Paisley Park, on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:10am.
“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,” his publicist told E! News in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
Prince hosted a private concert at Avenue in New York City in March. He performed for about an hour in front of a very intimate crowd because he wanted it to be a “low-key” affair.
He also announced in March that he would be penning a memoir titled, The Beautiful Ones, which references the third track on his blockbuster album Purple Rain. “The good people of Random House have made me an offer I can’t refuse,” the singer told the audience, according to the New Yorker. “You all still read books, right?”
The memoir was supposed to “take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work—from the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination, to the stories behind the music that changed the world,” according to a press release from the book’s publisher, Spiegel & Grau. It was scheduled to be released in the Fall 2017.
For the past few weeks Prince has been very ill with the flu, his rep told TMZ. He canceled two shows at the beginning of April but after resting for a week he made his performance in Atlanta despite still feeling sick.
On April 15, his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after he suffered from a medical emergency. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for three hours before getting back on his plane to return home. The next day the “Purple Rain” crooner appeared at a concert and assured fans he was fine.
“Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,” according to the New York Daily News.
He also responded to a fan on Twitter on April 17, telling the user that he truly enjoyed performing in Atlanta, “I’ve barely slept since that nite. #FeelingRejuvenated #FeelingInspired #FeelingLoved.”
It’s fitting that PRINCE’s final moments were in his private complex, called Paisley Park , his home. The complex is used for recording rehearsal ,video and film production, designed by Prince in 1987. In the house, Prince has a guitar room, game room, a “Vault” that stores over 100 unreleased music. There is a 12,000 sq. feet soundstage used for concerts. The complex was private but at times, Prince would announce there was a party to which anyone was invited with limited space. According to the Associated Press (AP) Prince held a dance party on Saturday night where he made a brief appearance, telling everyone, he was okay, saying “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”
We all mourn the loss of Prince but what keeps us smiling in a world without him is his music. RIP Prince. Every rainbow we see in the sky will remind us you.