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America goes purple to pay tribute to the life of Prince

Prince, one of the greatest talents the musical world has seen, died yesterday at his home in Minneapolis aged just 57

APTOPIX Obit Prince Goodnight Sweet Prince read the display screens in Target Field in Minneapolis following the announcement of Prince's death AP AP

FANS HAVE BEEN gathering in cities across America to pay tribute and mourn the loss of Prince Rogers Nelson, one of the greatest musical talents the modern world has seen.

The multi-talented performer, otherwise known simply as Prince, passed away at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, yesterday.

In Minneapolis itself, fans gathered outside the music venue First Avenue where a silver star carrying the musician’s name has pride of place.

His seminal semi-autobiographical film Purple Rain was filmed at the club.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins baseball team, based in Minneapolis, lit up their stadium Miller Park in Minneapolis with purple screens to acknowledge the passing of a legend.

APTOPIX Obit Prince Musician May Millions at a makeshift memorial for Prince outside the dance venue First Avenue in Minneapolis AP AP

Obit Prince Media and fans gathered outside Paisley Park Studios AP AP


Obit Prince Prince fans embrace by a makeshift memorial outside the singer's home, Paisley Park, in Minneapolis Jim Mone Jim Mone

Obit Prince Fans leave messages on a sheet outside Paisley Park studios AP AP

APTOPIX Obit Prince Prince's star on the wall of the First Avenue club, where his movie Purple Rain was filmed AP AP

In New York, director Spike Lee hosted an all-Prince party, and encouraged all those attending to wear nothing but purple in honour of the star.



Prince first came to the world’s attention in the late 1970s and 1980s.

His seminal albums 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign O’ The Times are considered amongst the greatest ever recorded.

Obit Prince Pedestrians pass the Apollo Theatre displaying lyrics from songs by Prince yesterday Frank Franklin II Frank Franklin II

Dozens of buildings across the US were lit in the colour purple to celebrate the passing of a legend.

Obit Prince The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is lit up in the color purple in New Orleans, Gerald Herbert Gerald Herbert


The exact circumstances surrounding the singer’s death are not yet known.

He is understood to have taken ill last week, and cancelled a concert as a result, which he subsequently played a number of days later.

He was found yesterday at his home unresponsive and not breathing.

A post mortem is due to take place later today.

Prince Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami in 2007, widely considered the greatest ever such performance at the event ASSOCIATED PRESS ASSOCIATED PRESS

Read: One of a kind: How Prince broke all of pop’s rules and became an icon

Read: ‘The world has lost a lot of magic’: Legendary musician Prince dead at 57

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