While global tributes pour in after the unexplained death of pop superstar Prince on Thursday, the 57-year-old’s native Minneapolis has been paying its respects to the local boy whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world.
“It is the passion, you know, the passion in Prince’s music was always felt, no matter if you heard it in 1999, or heard it in 1989, or heard it in 2009, it doesn’t matter, his music is timeless,” added a local journalist, who gave his name as Benitez.
“Me and my mum grew up listening to Prince together. It has always been something really important to my family and just my development as a musician,” said Prince fan Kieran Blake.
As to why Prince was found unresponsive in a lift at the compound housing his studios and home in Minneapolis – with nothing able to be done for him – Friday’s post mortem examination should provide some answers.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is among the latest stars to pay tribute on Twitter, hailing his fellow singer and musician as “revolutionary” and one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years. Prince was an original lyricist and a “startling” guitar player, he added.
“His talent was limitless,” Jagger wrote on Twitter.
I am so saddened to hear of Prince's passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. 1/3