The late singer was found dead at his home in Minnesota on Thursday April 21st aged just 57, although heavily speculated that his death was connected to drugs it was not until today that it was finally confirmed. Police have released a statement citing that an opioid overdose was to blame for his premature death.
Following the news of his death, celebrities left touching tributes on social media.
Madonna tweeted: “He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.”
Purple-coloured tributes also appeared all over the world, with a number of US monuments and buildings lighting up and a photo of a purple nebula sent from NASA.
Born in 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson showed musical prowess from a young age, reportedly writing songs from the age of 7. He reached global superstardom in the 1980s with legendary albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times.
The musical prodigy was known not only for writing, arranging, producing and performing almost all of his records, but for creating huge hits for other artists, including Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.
Above all, Prince was a rule-breaker – his music was a uniquely brilliant blend of rock, funk and jazz, and provided inspiration for countless future artists. He was almost as famous for his fashion choices as his music, stepping on stage in brazen outfits with unwavering style and grace.
In his career spanning 4 decades, Prince released over 30 albums and sold over 100 million records.
As we mourn the loss of another treasured cultural icon, we look back at some of our favourite Prince moments…
The 2007 Superbowl
Prince’s performance at the 2007 Superbowl in Miami is widely regarded as the best half-time show of all time. Watch the 12-minute medley of his own hits and covers of classics such as We Will Rock You
Who doesn’t love the title track to Prince’s 1984 album of the same name? ‘Purple Rain’ formed part of the soundtrack to the film Purple Rain, and won Prince an Oscar for Best Original Song Score.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
In 1993, Prince famously changed his name to a “Love Symbol” which was a mix of the gender symbols for man and woman. “It is an unpronounceable symbol whose meaning has not been identified,” he wrote in a statement. “It’s all about thinking in new ways, tuning in 2 a new free-quency”
Prince’s Final Performance
In his final performance on April 14, Prince paid tribute to David Bowie, who died earlier this year, with a rendition of ‘Heroes’.
Arriving By Piggy-Back
After performance by James Brown and Michael Jackson, Prince went to join the two legends onstage at the James Brown & Friends Concert in 1983 with the help of a nearby security guard.
When He Told Kim Kardashian To Get Off The Stage
During a concert at Madison Square Garden in February 2011, Prince invited the Keeping Up With The Kardashians Star onstage, but swiftly kicked her off. Watch the hilarious clip below: