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Music PopWrapped | Music

Tributes Pour In For Music Icon Prince

Rebecca Haslam | PopWrapped Author

Rebecca Haslam

12/31/2016 11:34 pm
PopWrapped | Music
Tributes Pour In For Music Icon Prince | Prince
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Just months after the loss of David Bowie, the world is, once again, reeling from the death of another world-renowned, much-loved and iconic music star -- Prince.

The star, whose real name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was found at his Paisley Park, Minneapolis compound. Police were called to his home at around 9.30am yesterday, and his death was confirmed by his publicist a short time later via a statement which said:

"It is with profound sadness that I can confirm the legendary iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57."

A short time later, Carver County sheriff Jim Olsen released a statement on the Prince’s death saying:

"When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim."

News of his death was first reported by TMZ, and, within minutes, fans and fellow artists flooded social media with messages of condolence.

Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia, the inspiration behind his hit song "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" and with whom he had a son, Boy Gregory, who tragically died at just a week old, led the tributes with a statement which read:

"I can't even think of the words of what I'm feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated. I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He's with our son now."

In a statement, Aretha Franklin said Prince was:

"...a very, very unique musical individual who was so into his music -- he was music to the max."

"I think that he was a very explorative and as I said he was one of those artists that go into the studio and stayed in the studio -- he would sleep in the studio."

"Myself when I finish recording as an artist I go home and I am through with it until it’s time for me to go back in the studio but some artists just stay in the studio because they love music like that."

Elton John took to Instagram:

President Obama posted his thoughts on Facebook:

MTV cancelled all its scheduled programming to run a Prince music video and movie marathon in his honor:

Elsewhere, venues and iconic locations around the world also paid tribute to the singer by displaying messages outside or turning purple.

Google changed their doodle:

NASA also paid their own special tribute:

Even a flight dimmed its cabin lights to purple as a mark of respect:

A number of street parties also took place last night and saw hundreds of people gather to play Prince's music and celebrate him and his life.

Over on Broadway, the casts of The Color Purple and Hamilton remembered Prince the best way they knew how to -- through song:

Within a matter of hours, Prince was dominating the itunes charts as fans flocked to download his songs.

The cause of Prince's death is yet to be confirmed and an autopsy is due to take place today. Meanwhile, fans continue to share their memories and thoughts on a star who was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs or what he felt was right.

Throughout his career, he sold more than 100 million records, released 30 studio albums, won 7 Grammys and a Best Original Score Oscar. The songs he created, either for himself or others -- he wrote "Manic Monday" by The Bangles and "Nothing Compares 2U" by Sinead O'Connor, among others -- means he leaves behind a musical legacy that will live on forever.


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