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Purple Rain era Prince. Credit: Getty Images.

Prince, an icon who will truly be missed

Legendary musician, Prince passed away yesterday on April 21st, aged 57, at his Paisley Park recording studio. The singer best known for songs such as “Kiss”, “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain”, famous for his eccentric dress sense as well as his endearing use of rock, funk and psychedelia, sold over 100 million records as a musician. It was supposed that Prince had been battling influenza in his last few weeks, eventually leading to his unfortunate death at 10.07 am yesterday. The singer possessed a flamboyant stage presence, an incredible falsetto and vocal range and his blurring of racial and sexual stereotypes definitely did not go unnoticed. The dedicated singer said “Music is what keeps me awake” on the topic of how he managed to stay awake for days on end working on his music.

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Aside from his musical career, Prince also appeared in films like “Purple Rain”(which he also won an Oscar for) and “Graffiti Bridge”, with his final TV appearance where he appeared as himself in the series “New Girl” in 2014, where he of course also performed his music. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, reportedly wrote his first song at the age of seven. As well as writing and producing most of his own music he also wrote several songs for other musicians. An example was ‘Nothing Compares 2U’, which was written for Sinead O’Connor and became a huge hit.

Prince’s final album was ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’ released last year for which he was still touring this April. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and NASA have been paying tribute to the iconic star on twitter. The singer born in 1958 would have turned 58 this year and was due to write and release a memoir which was announced earlier in 2016 which we may well never read a word of. The musician’s post-mortem investigation is due to take place today to determine the cause of his death.

Prince, a prime example of embracing individuality, and never conforming to the regular will remain a great loss to the world of music.

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