Fallen Hero: Prince

Icon Prince Dies At 57

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.

Electric word, life. It means forever and that’s a mighty long time.

But I’m here to tell you there’s something else…the afterworld."

Today, singer, songwriter, rockstar and pop icon Prince stepped into the afterworld at the too-young age of 57. He passed away at his home, Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota and the cause of death is still unknown.

Last week, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing in Illinois due to a health issue, but his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure told the media Prince was “fighting the flu.”

Prince had an explosive career that spanned more than 35 years, over which he invented a music genre all his own, made Minneapolis music a thing, produced 39 albums, was nominated for 30 Grammies, winning seven of them, and he even won an Oscar for the original song score to his groundbreaking movie “Purple Rain.”

Lauded as His Royal Badness, Prince was called everything from a sex symbol to a musical genius to a pornographer—it was actually his song “Darling Nikki” about a one night stand that prompted the use of explicit lyrics on albums.

But no matter what anyone called him, no one could deny his talent. He played every instrument and sang every vocal on almost all of his recordings, and his passionate performances and outlandish outfits cemented his status as a true visual and musical artist. The music world is reeling from this horrible news and fans (and doves) are crying all over the world.