Prince, a Music Icon, Passes Away
April 25, 2016
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Music legend Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as “Prince,” has passed away at the age of 57. Prince suffered from flu-like symptoms for nearly two weeks prior to his death.
Prince’s career composed of seven Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and one Academy Award, and selling over 100,000,000 albums. Prince’s career was capped off with his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in a 2004 ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Rolling Stone ranks Prince at 27 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time (visit list).
In 2007, Prince performed at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Prince’s song Purple Rain, one of his best-selling songs, was mid-performance when Miami’s skies opened up for a massive downpour, drenching all 74, 512 people in attendance that evening (via Football Database). This would be remembered as one of the best Super Bowl Halftime Shows in history.
Prince was proclaimed dead at 10:07 a.m. on April 21st, 2016. After several media sources reported Prince’s death, MTV canceled all programming and aired a marathon of Prince’s music videos and the movie Purple Rain. Landmarks across the world were shaded purple in honor of the fallen legend, including Paris’ Eiffel Tower, New Orleans’ SuperDome, and Los Angeles’ Town Hall.
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”
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