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Top 5 moments in the incredible career of Prince

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April

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Has any Prince lyric ever meant as much to you as that line from Let’s Go Crazy means today? We’ve lost another hero.

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known to the ‘80s generation simply as Prince (and even briefly as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”) died Thursday morning at his Minnesota home compound known as Paisley Park, according to multiple media reports.

He was 57.

TMZ first reported the news on the passing of the singer, who late last week had a medical issue that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing. It was later reported he was battling the flu.

The cause of death is still unknown. The influence of his life cannot be measured.

TOP 5 PRINCE MOMENTS:

1. 2007 SUPER BOWL: Still in my mind the greatest halftime show in Super Bowl history, Prince took to the stage in Miami in the driving rain to perform - what else? - Purple Rain (along with several other songs that can’t possibly hold a candle to his signature anthem). 

2. 2004 ROCK HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: Ever the unpredictable one, Prince humbly accepted his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20014 and then took to the stage to jam through While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison (the song of George Harrison). Goosebumps.

3. FINALE OF PURPLE RAIN: I might be the only person who holds this 1984 movie in such reverence. But there’s not a dry eye in the movie house when Prince takes to the stage at the end of the movie and dedicates his performance of the title track “to my father … Francis L.”

4. 2014 SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE PERFORMANCE: Nobody takes the stage on SNL and plays an uninterrupted medley that lasts eight … minutes … long. Prince did it in 2014. And he didn’t play a single hit. And people adored him just the same.

5. THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE: In 1993, as part of a feud with his record company, Prince shed his name completely and adopted an unpronounceable symbol (later dubbed “Love Symbol #2”) as his identity. He would return to his former moniker in 2000, but we’re just fine today thinking of Prince as a symbol of love.

Rest in peace.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:56pm]

    

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