The musician known as “Prince” (born as Prince Rogers Nelson) died today, April 21, at the age of 57. He was hospitalized last week with flu, only to appear in public a few days later.
The reports are contradicting each other so far regarding certain details – mostly about his last public appearances and the location where his body was found. The reason of death has not been determined/revealed yet.
It’s tough to say something about Prince someone else has not already said better. Like David Bowie, who went from us earlier this year, Prince can be rightfully called a “musical genius”, merging styles and genres like Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop…etc. into something homogenous new. He was one of the few who could claim to have created a new sound.
He was also active in the movie business, most notably with the semi- biographical Purple Rain (1984, Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Song Score) and Under The Cherry Moon (1986). He acted as the lead in both movies and also directed the latter. Unforgettable are also his catchy musical contributions for Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).
Top image from Purple Rain (1984).