The death of Pop Superstar, Prince, on Thursday resonates across the country as thousands of fans continue to gather to pay their respects to the departed music icon.
In reports from the Associated Press and The Washington Post, tributes have been popping up under bridges, buildings, nightclubs and on Broadway. According to the Star Tribune, Prince’s home state of Minnesota had the Interstate 35 West bridge aglow with Prince’s signature purple light. Outside the Minneapolis club where Prince’s famous “Purple Rain” was filmed, crowds gathered in anticipation of an all-night dance party.
In Los Angeles a similar dance party was held at the Leimert Plaza Park, where Prince’s hits blasted out of speakers. On Broadway, the stars of The Color Purple sang “Purple Rain,” led by Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo.
Renowned filmmaker, Spike Lee, started a street party for Prince from his Brooklyn offices, drawing around a thousand people, including children and pets. Bouquets of purple flowers, along with purple clothing and accessories, dominated the event as fans sang along and celebrated the artist’s life.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome turned purple Thursday night, along with San Francisco’s City Hall and the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Prince, known for the global hits “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his Paisley Park residence in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fox News reports that a 911 call came from within the estate, where the confused caller named “Minneapolis” as the address, before the location was later corrected. Medical personnel and deputies, who rushed to the site, performed CPR on the unconscious megastar, but were unable to revive him.
A rep for Prince confirmed the news saying,
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.”
Prince broke into the music industry in the 1970s, and his successful music career brought him seven Grammy awards and an Oscar. His eclecticism, often controversial lifestyle, musical genius, and innovation spanned more than 30 years. His biography states that TIME magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and he was granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BET.