Prince Found Dead at His Recording Studio in Minnesota
The past six months could not be any worse for rock n’ roll — we have lost yet another legend.
Prince Rogers Nelson, aka Prince, was found dead this morning at his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old, and had released an astounding 39 albums.
According to the Independent, Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud confirmed to local news affiliate Fox 9 that police responded to a medical call at 9:43am this morning. Pitchfork reports that a flight carrying Prince was forced to make an emergency landing last week to take him to the hospital, and that one of his representatives said he had the flu. TMZ reports that he had recently canceled two shows due to health concerns as well.
Those questioning why the death of Prince is being featured on a heavy metal website can kindly go fuck themselves. Prince was as rock n’ roll as they come, a hugely influential musician to many of us, and his music is absolutely timeless. He was also a badass guitar player, probably the most under-appreciated of his many skills. His epic performance in the rain at the 2007 Super Bowl put that talent on full display:
That he joins Lemmy, Scott Weiland, David Bowie and Glenn Frey on the list of iconic rock stars to pass away in the last several months only makes it even worse.
The “character” of Prince was as much a part of the singer’s mystique as his music. So, rather than getting too swept up in celebrating Prince’s career by endlessly spinning his music (which we will absolutely do anyway), let us remember and pay tribute to him through the humorous eyes of some of his biggest fans, Dave Chappelle and Kevin Smith, via the videos below.