The sudden death, on Thursday, April 21st of Prince Rogers Nelson -one of the world’s most talented musicians- has shocked millions. The winner of seven Grammy Awards, for such hits as “International Lover,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Purple Rain,” will forever be remembered by fans across the globe. While recalling the enormous impact the singer, songwriter made on the music industry, fans shared heartfelt moments of expression.
“I am madly in love with Prince,” said Theresa Jones, of Brooklyn, N.Y. “It is because of him that my oldest child is born. I was going to see the movie “Purple Rain.” I met my husband at the movies that night. My son’s name is Prince because of him. I have been so emotional since I heard about it. I love Prince and everything he stood for.”
“To me Prince was a pure genius. He understood music and that’s the main reason I looked up to him as one of the greatest musicians that ever lived,” said Darius Mosely of Atlanta, GA. “When I was a kid I wanted to electrify a room the same way Prince did with his instrument. I still do want to do the same thing.”
“In a way, I really don’t believe that Prince is really gone. He is going to always be in my heart, forever,” admitted Charity Blanton of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “We have a wall dedicated to Prince in my home. It has his album covers and one of the t-shirts I wore to one of his concerts years ago, down in Texas. This is really a shock to me. I admired him mostly for his love of music.”
“He was a genius,” said Brooke Lewinski of Richmond, VA. “I can’t stop crying. He was just an amazing genius.”
“I simply cannot believe it. I’m still numb from the news I heard yesterday,” said Nancy Jones of Lynchburg, VA. “One of the reasons people loved Prince was because of the way he was so different. I mean, who changes their name to a symbol? That really impacted me. I did the same thing for a minute. But I changed my name back again. I loved him. Pure and simple.”
“One of my most favorite songs he ever made was “When Doves Cry.” That song brings up so many memories of my life years ago,” recalls Jeffery Armstrong of Baltimore, MD. “He was the greatest artist that ever lived.”
Though Prince is gone from us physically, the legacy of his music will forever live in our hearts and minds. Rest In Peace Prince! We love you.