Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Nelson was a unique youth. He would grow to become an American icon in the music industry rivaled only by the late Michael Jackson. Prince is known as an innovator and artist. His music ranged from funk , rock, R&B, soul, hip hop, disco, jazz and pop. He wrote his song at age seven and was signed when he was 18. Prince sold over 100 million records which makes him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 2004, he join the ranks in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His lyrics were often controversial in the 1980's due to their sexual tone and language. It is believed that records display parental advisory warnings because of him. He was raised in the Seventh day Adventist sect and later joined the Jehovah's Witness sect and often incorporated religious and spiritual themes in his music. His music was even featured in both Pope Benedict XVI's and Pope Francis' playlists during their trips to America. This may be due to one of his songs being named, "The Pope" where he sings, "You can be the president, I'd rather be the pope." His music was featured in many films including the first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholas.
Though often being labeled as being gay or looking gay due to his androgynous appearance and symbol which incorporated both the female and male symbol as one, he was against so-called same sex marriage. Prince was a small man, measuring only 5'2'' but had a big voice. He was full of talent and artistic expression which spoke to all by making it okay to look weird or strange. During a tour last week on April 15, Prince's flight was stopped due to an emergency. He was taken to the hospital for what is described as complications of the flu. This is what may have killed him. An autopsy will be done on Friday to determine the cause of death. Foul play has been ruled out so far, though it is said Prince had a recent overdose.
Many fans around the nation have gathered at different locations including Prince's home and the Apollo theater in New York City to pay their respects. In New York City, the Prince St decal on the subway wall was altered with 'Prince rip.'
NYC fans pay tribute to #Prince: https://t.co/GfYoRnLWFk Pic: Instagram/reyorko) pic.twitter.com/WrkeB4LFgd— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) April 22, 2016
A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today. https://t.co/7buFWWExMw pic.twitter.com/ONQDwSQwVa— NASA (@NASA) April 21, 2016
I love this pefect tribute to Prince at -- where else -- the Prince Street subway station in SoHo. #RIPPrince pic.twitter.com/bxure8Wya6— Rolando Pujol (@RolandoPujol) April 21, 2016
Minnesota Twins pay tribute to Prince on Target Field video board. "Good night sweet Prince" https://t.co/xM2hoH6GLZ pic.twitter.com/ExudGgmnLY— ABC News (@ABC) April 21, 2016
In his honor, I will make this post with purple fonts.
May Prince rest in peace. May God have mercy on his soul. Thank you for entertaining us all and sharing your art and talent. The world has gotten a bit more boring now that you are gone.