“Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, albums still matter. Tonight and always.” – Prince
Music legend and cultural icon Prince has passed away at 57 years old.
It was reported by TMZ and later confirmed by the singer’s publicist that the music icon, most known for his ingenious music, emblematic style, and elusiveness, died at his Minnesota home studio.
In honor of Prince’s short and fruitful life, we paid homage to him by highlighting some of his most influential moments. From the iconic Purple Rain era that solidified his career as a unique and unrivaled artist, to the era he transformed into “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince,” Prince’s immaculate craftsmanship propelled him into a league of his own.
Details behind the singer’s death are still unclear, but over the weekend, it was reported that Prince was hospitalized due to flu-related complications. Since then, his publicist announced he was “at home and resting” and according to numerous reports, the “When Doves Cry” singer celebrated his hospital released by throwing a massive dance party.
Earlier this year, Prince’s longtime muse Denise “Vanity” Matthews passed away from sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis – inflammation of the small intestine. Both were 57.
While this story is still developing, flip through the gallery below and remember Prince’s exemplary life.
Rest in power, Prince.
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Prince Through The Years
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1. Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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2. Prince at the Grammy Awards.
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3. Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center.
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4. Prince performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 10, 1997 in Mountain View, California.
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5. Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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6. Prince plays guitar on stage during a concert, 1985.
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7. US singer Prince attends the French Tennis Open round of sixteen match between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 2, 2014.
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8. Prince performs on stage, London, 1993.
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9. Prince performs on stage on the Hit N Run-Parade Tour, Wembley Arena, London, August 1986.
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10. American singer and songwriter Prince stands on stage with his arms outstretched, wearing high-waisted white pants, circa 1990.
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11. American singer-songwriter Prince performing on stage, 1986.
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12. Recording artist Prince leaving the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood.
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13. Musician Prince accepts the Male R&B Award (L) from actress Mo'Nique and singer Rihanna onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006.
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14. Prince performing at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. on October 10th, 1997.
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15. Musician Prince holds up singer Patti LaBelle's shoe during her performance at the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010.
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16. Musician Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida.
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17. Prince performing in NYC at the Bottom Line on February 15, 1980.
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18. RITZ CLUB Photo of Prince.
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19. Prince stands up to collect the award for Best International Artist at the British Record Industry Awards.
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20. Singers Sheila E (left) and Prince arriving for a tour of Britain, July 25th 1988.
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21. Kim Basinger with singer Prince, circa 1988.
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22. Prince at the MTV/VH1 Party, Round House, London.
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23. Goodbye Prince. Rest in Peace.
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