A year ago today, Prince died at age 57, leaving the music community and his fans in shock. His absence is still felt, leading celebrities and fans to rush to Twitter to pay tribute to the “Purple Rain” icon. Many are using the hashtag #RIPPrince, which is trending on the social network worldwide.
It was later confirmed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County, Minnesota on June 2, 2016 that Prince died of an accidental fentanyl opioid overdose. After his death, Prince was cremated, with the ashes placed inside an elaborate urn designed to look like his Paisley Park home. Fan can now tour Prince’s home, with tickets costing between $38.50 and $100.
In a new interview with Katie Couric, drummer and Prince collaborator Sheila E. said she had no idea that her friend battled addiction. “The thing about Prince is that he [was] a person that was always in control. Why would he do something that would jeopardize his life? It doesn’t make sense to me,” she said.
When asked what she missed about Prince, Sheila E. said, “We talked about life a lot. We talked about ‘What are we going to do in 10 years?’ or where the world’s going to be.”
Considering Prince’s stature in the music industry, it’s no surprise that no one has forgotten his work. Here are some of the celebrity tributes already pouring in. This post will continue to be updated as more tributes from Twitter and Instargram come in.
The Good Morning America team wrote:
Usher wrote that he couldn’t believe it’s been a year since Prince’s death:
Rapper Fat Tony:
Standup comedian Davon Magwood:
DJ Carl Cox:
The Minneapolis Institute of Art was lit purple in Prince’s honor.
BET has asked followers to share their memories of Prince with the hashtag #BETREmembersPrince.
The Today Show team:
The CBS This Morning team:
Anil Dash wants to know when the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport will be renamed “Prince Airpoer.”
Last night, Minneapolis went purple to honor the Purple One:
The History Channel’s tribute:
Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry:
Photographer Liam Wong:
Toronto politician Norm Kelly: