Prince died from an accidental drug overdose like too many of the great musicians do. The police held an investigation and closed the case with no criminal charges filed because there was not enough evidence to arrest anyone. The police later released footage of finding him dead in his room. It went viral on social media people mourned Prince for weeks.1
After the investigation, he was buried at Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN. The family wanted a quiet service with no drama so they cremated him and secretly carried him to his final resting place. This, of course, was leaked to the internet, but the funeral was still a quiet ceremony.2
In remembrance of him, National monuments and buildings were lit up purple following his death. Many people at home also lit up their own towns and homes purple. Social media also played a part in spreading his legacy.3
Prince of Music
There’s a ton of royalty in the world, but one person worth mentioning isn’t a royal at all, he just happens to share the name. That person is Prince, or The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, a great musician, and world star. Known for his more famous pieces “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette” he is still loved and adored today.4
Of course, all good stories come to end all too soon, and his death was actually very recent, making it more personal to the youth culture today than others that came before.
Prince was born on June 7, 1958, to parents John L. Nelson and Mattie Della Shaw Baker. He had eight siblings and a love for music fueled by his family. He started his musical career in 1975 and rose to fame from there, becoming a loved icon internationally with a royal personality. Unfortunately, that all came to an end in recent years on April 26, 2016.5
As with every star’s death, alternate theories follow. In this case, people claim he’d reached his peak in stardom and he died in 1985. Then, realizing that the world was better with him in it, the higher-ups replaced him with a perfect look-alike. Their government ties made sure that the death was kept a secret.
There is, of course, very little evidence to support this theory. Some say that the new Prince was shorter, more religious, his skin was paler, and he didn’t take a joke as well as the original Prince did. These are not solid facts though.6
Since Prince died recently there are not memorials for him yet, but we can be sure there will be some in the future given the impact he made on our lives.
The Prince also had an entourage of names, making him memorable. These included The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, The Prince of Funk, Skipper, His Royal Badness, The High Priest of Pop, and The Purple One. These, of course, made his royal persona even more legit and believable.
His career started in 1975 and lasted to his death in 2013, making his music career 38 years long and it was a ride the whole way, unfortunately, it ended in drug abuse and death.
He was also married twice. His first wife was Mayte Garcia and they were married from 1996 to 2000. They also had a son together, Boy Gregory Nelson, who sadly only lived for seven days in 1996.
His second wife was Manuela Testolini and they were married from 2001 to 2006. They did not come to have children. (2)
While the people in his life keep his legacy there are also many, many awards claimed by him.
He was awarded a surprising amount of 35 awards, the most recent listed below:
- The Billboard Icon Award in 2013
- The Grammy Hall of Fame in years 1998 and 2008
- The Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2005 and 2008
- The Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 2007
- The Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2005
- The BET Award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist in 2006
- The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2010
- The BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010
- The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture in 2016
- The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album in 2005
- The American Music Award for Top Soundtrack in 2016
- The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist in 2007
- The NAACP Image Award – Vanguard Award in 2005
- The Ondas Award for Music: Jury Special Mention in 2016
- The Soul Train Music Special Artist of the Decade Award for Extraordinary Artistic Achievements-Male in 2000
Prince was an amazing musician and leaves behind a large legacy that hasn’t been outmatched yet.
For more information visit Prince official website.