For the 80’s kids, pop music was the thing, and pop music was Prince. The pop star’s candle that burned bright over his music career sadly blew out yesterday, when he was pronounced dead following a period of unconsciousness in an elevator at his Paisley Park Residence in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, hit the scene with funky pop songs like “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” and almost immediately, became a household name. this earned him a couple of names, most notably “The Beautiful One”.
According to CNN, the death was reported by a man who called in from the singer’s estate. He struggled to find a receiver to relay on the message, and all that was got were the words
“The person is dead here. … And the people are just distraught”. It later turned out that that person was Prince.
The news of Prince’s death was broken by his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure, though no details of what caused the death or who was around were revealed.
Many celebrities and fans took to social media to mourn the star shortly after his death. Living legend Stevie Wonder mentioned that “Prince could play just about anything”.
His death even prompted a statement from the White House, in which President Barack Obama stated that ” ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”
Other celebrities include Larry King, who in an interview almost two decades ago revealed Prince as the artiste who wanted his music to speak loudest for him.
An autyopsy will be carried out today to identify what the real cause of his death was. Many considered him the future, for revamping the music industry and giving pop music a face-lift.