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Rest In Peace: Prince 1958 - 2016

After the shell shock of many other celebrity deaths recently, we have now lost another icon in Prince

At 57 years of age, Prince, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead in his home in Paisley Park, confirmed by his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, as told by AP.

TMZ reports that prior to his most recent appearance, Prince had canceled two shows, and on April 15, he had to make an emergency landing on his plane due to health issues. The original statement said he was battling the flu, but now, we're assuming it was something more than just the flu.

Prince's uprising came in the late 70's / 80's, from his album 1999, and achieved multiple Grammy's, as well as the status of an icon, both musically, and in pop culture status. On top of having famous pop culture appearances, whether it be award shows or even when he appeared on the Muppets variety show, one of his biggest accomplishments had to be selling more than 100 Million records during his career (TMZ).

Arguably one of his  most memorable performances in recent years was been the NFL Super Bowl Halftime show in 2007, in which he played his hit "Purple Rain" in a rain downpour with his signature symbol guitar, as well as "Best of You" from rock band the Foo Fighters (video located below).

Prince Performs "Purple Rain" During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

Through a rain and wind storm, Prince was able to hold down the Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show with a spectacular performance. Setlist included: "We Will Rock ...

 

Prince was known for being eccentric, so eccentric in fact, that at one point, he rebelled against his record label, and becoming a symbol for a bit of time, being called "The Artist Formally Known As Prince," (Billboard), as well as being known as "His Royal Badness" for his sexual content and affection (CNN).

Billboard's stats on albums over his career state he released 39 solo studio albums, and he also is one of the artists that has the best kept, non-streamable collection to date.

Prince's main belief in life was freedom. Freedom of everything. During his Rock Hall Induction acceptance speech, he said the following:

"When I first started out in the music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to..."

Prince goes down in history, as he would have loved, as a free thinker and spirit. We will keep everyone updated on what the cause of death might be. As of right now, it's being billed as him battling the flu for the last couple weeks, but with many of the other deaths we've seen recently, we're not entirely convinced that's what it might be.

More to follow...

SEE: Iconic Moments In Prince History (PHOTOS)

 

Prince performing on stage - Purple Rain Tour.

Photo of PRINCE

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Prince performing on stage - Purple Rain Tour.

 

Prince - 1980S

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Iconic Prince circa 1980's.

 

Prince At The Bottom Line

American singer, songwriter, musician and actor Prince performing in NYC at the Bottom Line on February 15, 1980. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

American singer, songwriter, musician and actor Prince performing in NYC at the Bottom Line on February 15, 1980.

 

Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”