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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Today, the sheriff's department in Hennepin County, Minnesota went out to Prince's estate to find him in cardiac arrest in an elevator. Although CPR was performed, he was later pronounced dead. Within the past week his private plane had made an emergency stop in Illinois so that he could go to a hospital with a severe case of the flu. Some news outlets have been reporting that he had a prior medical history of epilepsy. His real name was Prince Rogers Nelson and those who have met him or worked with him have said he was a true musical prodigy, He worked in the music business successfully for over 35 years. He was 57 at the time of his passing.
He is probably best known for the songs "1999", "When Doves Fly", "Lets Go Crazy" "Kiss" , and of course, "Little Red Corvette". He not only performed, but wrote hits for Sheila E, Sheena Easton, and the Bangles.
"Six o'clock already and I was just in the middle of a dream"
"I was kissing Valentino in a crystal blue Italian stream"
(From Manic Monday) This is vintage Prince.
One of my personal favorites is a song Prince wrote that was specifically written for and recorded by Celine Dion.
He is also known for the the aid he gave to other musicians in terms of assisting them in the music business.
I remember well that the year in which Daniel was born saw the birth of Prince's only child. The child had significant birth defects and Prince and his wife did everything they could for him. I believe the boy spent most of his life in the hospital until he died. The following year, the two were divorced.
Prince impacted several generations with his music. It's hard to believe that both he and Michael Jackson are now gone. Prince released two albums last year and had worked up to a week or so ago.
Prince was known for being intensely private. He was also a Jehovah's Witness and did go door to door on occasion. The band in Heaven just gets better and better.
I send my condolences to his family, his friends, and the remaining members of his band.