Prince’s death


image taken from The Guardian

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the world lost one of the greatest musicians it has ever seen. Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1958. He was involved in the Twin Cities music scene growing up, while playing with his high school’s band Grand Central.

Prince achieved great critical acclaim with the albums Purple Rain and 1999. Purple Rain had an accompanying movie of the same name, which won an academy award. Purple Rain, also was filmed in the Twin Cities, and Lake Minnetonka got famous from his line in the movie, “Purify yourself in the waters of lake Minnetonka.” 

Prince was also an extremely talented musician, who could play 27 instruments, which were all featured on his For You album. He was also known to record a new song everyday, which has led to dozens of unreleased albums.

Even with the great success Prince received during his lifetime, he still chose to live and record in Minnesota. He died in his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Prince’s cause of death has a lot of speculation around it accoding to NME. There is currently speculation about the painkiller Percocet having caused his death. Five days before his death he overdosed on Percocet, and he was rushed to a hospital where he was treated with the anti-overdose drug Naloxone. No physical trauma was found on Prince’s body, so suicide has been ruled out by coroners. Prince has previously been rumored to be a heroin and/or cocaine user, but others say he wasn’t much of a drug user after becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, a religion that bans the use of drugs.

According to The Guardian, Prince didn’t have a will before he died. With no children, and both of his parents dead, his inheritance is going through court. If no past wills are found, his net worth of $300 million will be split six ways: to his sister and his five other half siblings. It’s surprising that Prince didn’t leave a will, because during his life, he was known to be in control of the legal aspects of his career. Now there is a possibility that the direction of his music may be changed to something he may not have approved of (i.e. he did not allow his music to be streamed), because he didn’t explicitly record who he wanted to be in charge of his music during his lifetime.

Prince is a music legend that will never be forgotten in Minnesota, or the world. His gender binary defying persona and the creativity that he showed in his music and in real life was rare. Through his music, we can all learn to be as eccentric as we want to be.

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