Hard to believe the sad news today and even harder to cope with: According to his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the superstar “died at his home this morning at Paisley Park.” The local sheriff said deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator this Thursday morning after being summoned to his home, but that first-responders couldn’t revive him. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 am.
Few artists cast a shadow over contemporary music quite like Prince: Funk, pop, hip hop, R&B, house, electro, rock – nothing would sound the way it does today without him. As a live performer, there is absolutely no musician on the horizon being capable to nearly touch Prince’s magic. Being aware of the fact that in future I have to live strictly without any more hit-and-run shows by Prince coming my way, I know that I will never see any musician of his skills and versatility performing on stage. I will come back to my personal Prince experience in another post.
Prince has been my biggest hero since 1985, and I can hardly imagine planet earth without him. He has been a rapture of constant colour, music, fashion, mystery, madness and artistic freedom to me for over thirty years. Honestly, after the tragic deaths of Michael Jackson or Amy Whinehouse, I thought about how I’d react if Prince died. Yet I rejected these thoughts quickly because Prince had never shown signs of ageing, greying or slowing down, with his omnipresence and talent for reinvention, his music flowing out of him in an unstoppable torrent, he would surely always be there. Probably thousands of other fans thought Prince was immortal, a limitless being of ingenuity and genius and never-ceasing energy. Today, we know that we were wrong! I am shattered in deep shock and disbelief. Prince’s passing hurts a lot and it will take a long time to recover.