Remembering Prince

    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP)  The Latest on the death of pop superstar Prince Tributes to Prince are springing up across the country, on buildings, bridges and Broadway.

    In New Orleans, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome glowed Thursday night with the late singer’s signature purple, as did San Francisco’s City Hall and Madison Square Garden in New York.

    In Minnesota, where Prince was found dead Thursday in his suburban Minneapolis compound, the Star Tribune reports the Interstate 35 West bridge over the Mississippi River was bathed in purple light. A dance party in downtown Minneapolis was expected to go all night.

    A vigil quickly turned into a party at Los Angeles’ Leimert Plaza Park, where dozens danced as huge speakers blasted Prince hits and deep cuts. Some wiped away tears but most treated the gathering as a celebration.

    Stars of Broadway’s “The Color Purple” performed a rendition of Prince’s hit “Purple Rain.” The show posted a video of the performance led by Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo online late Thursday.


    Timeline of events from Thursday, April 21st 

    1 a.m.

    Thousands of people have filled the streets outside the downtown Minneapolis nightclub where Prince’s “Purple Rain” was filmed ahead of an all-night dance party in honor of the singer.

    A sea of people gathered in front of First Avenue late Thursday. Local musicians played covers of his hits and the crowd danced and sang along.

    The 57-year-old singer died Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis compound. His death is under investigation.

    First Avenue owner Dayna Frank says the dance party was planned to give people a place to share their emotions and celebrate Prince. Entry to the event is free.

    Prince last played the club in 2007.


    11:50 p.m.

    Filmmaker Spike Lee drew a crowd of roughly 1,000 people for an impromptu street party in honor of Prince, presiding from the stoop of his Brooklyn headquarters in a purple T-shirt.

    Fans brought their babies and their dogs, dancing to Prince’s music in front of Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule production company. Police shut down the block for the celebration that was going strong late into Thursday night.

    The mood was jubilant as people wearing touches of purple swayed and sang along. Some hoisted bouquets of purple flowers.

    The 57-year-old singer was found dead earlier Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis compound.


    8:45 p.m.

    A transcript of the 911 call from Prince’s suburban Minneapolis compound shows confusion as an unidentified caller struggles to give the dispatcher the proper address.

    The caller said he was at “Prince’s house” but first placed it in Minneapolis. Another person at the compound eventually gave the correct address in the suburb of Chanhassen.

    The caller first says he has “someone who is unconscious” before saying “the person is dead here.”

    As the dispatcher identifies the address as Paisley Park and begins to ask a question, the caller interrupts to say, “Yes, it’s Prince.”

    Authorities are investigating the death Thursday of the 57-year-old musician. An autopsy is planned Friday.


    8:10 p.m.

    The owners of the downtown Minneapolis nightclub where Prince’s “Purple Rain” was filmed are holding an all-night dance party in his honor.

    First Avenue owner Dayna Frank says the club wanted to give people a place to share their emotions and celebrate Prince. Entry to the event is free.

    The 57-year-old singer died Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis compound. His death is under investigation.

    Scores of people came to the club Thursday to leave bouquets, balloons and a guitar under the star that honors Prince on the club’s exterior wall. Frank says everyone at the club is devastated.

    Prince last played the club in 2007.


    7:05 p.m.

    Medical examiners have received Prince’s body and plan to perform an autopsy.

    The music superstar was found dead Thursday at his studio compound in suburban Minneapolis. The cause of death isn’t known. Authorities said deputies who were summoned to a medical emergency found him in an elevator, unresponsive, and CPR failed.

    The Midwest Medical Examiners Office in Ramsey, Minnesota, tweeted that it has received Prince’s body. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

    Prince’s death at age 57 has sparked an outpouring of grief from fans, with hundreds gathering outside his studio and in downtown Minneapolis and many more posting remembrances on social networks.


    6:40 p.m.

    Prince’s sister is thanking fans who showed up at his suburban Minneapolis compound to mourn his death.

    The rock superstar was found unresponsive Thursday morning and pronounced dead soon after. His death is under investigation.

    His sister, Tyka Nelson, emerged from the compound early Thursday evening to look at bouquets, balloons and signs left by fans of her brother, then approached the crowd of nearly 200.

    Nelson told the fans that her brother “loved all of you. Thank you for loving him back.”


    6:25 p.m.

    Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken honored Prince on the Senate floor Thursday, with Klobuchar calling him “our neighbor, the superstar next door.”

    Prince died Thursday morning at his compound in a Minneapolis suburb. The 57-year-old’s death is under investigation.

    Klobuchar recalled Prince holding a concert when Minnesota’s WNBA team won the championship.

    She said that “even with all that success, even with all that fame, Minnesota never lost that sense that he was a beloved son.”

    Franken, a former Saturday Night Live comedian, said Prince’s “artistry, his innovation, his presence inspired and will continue to inspire millions of people.”


    5:50 p.m.

    Sheriff’s officials in Minnesota say it’s too early to say whether foul play was involved in the death of music superstar Prince.

    The 57-year-old musician died Thursday at his studio compound in a Minneapolis suburb. Carver County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Kamerud says foul play “is neither suspected nor not suspected.”

    Kamerud tells The Associated Press that it’s simply too early in the investigation. He says he’s not sure how long it will take to process the death scene because of the size of the compound.

    Kamerud says the medical examiner typically takes a few days to have preliminary findings, and typically weeks for toxicology results.

    The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday it had no information on the death.


    4:35 p.m.

    Fans of music superstar Prince are gathering outside the downtown Minneapolis nightclub where much of the movie “Purple Rain” was filmed.

    About 50 to 60 people were standing on the sidewalk outside First Avenue on Thursday afternoon to mourn the death of the musician, who died hours earlier. Prince received an Academy Award in 1985 for his music from “Purple Rain,” the movie in which he starred as a young musician.

    About a dozen bouquets, some balloons, candles and a guitar were left at the club. Some people stood with their heads bowed, while others quietly chatted about what Prince’s music meant to them.

    One fan, 32-year-old Amy Fox, says she came to the nightclub because it’s where Prince began his career.

    The 57-year-old musician died hours earlier at his home in suburban Minneapolis.


    4 p.m.

    President Barack Obama is lamenting the loss of a “creative icon” with the death of rock superstar Prince.

    In a statement, the president called Prince “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time.”

    Obama also said “nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder or more creative” than Prince’s.

    The 57-year-old musician was found dead Thursday at his home in a Minneapolis suburb. Sheriff’s deputies say they found Prince unresponsive in an elevator after they were summoned to the scene for a medical call.


    3:35 p.m.

    Sheriff’s officials in Minnesota say deputies found music superstar Prince unresponsive in an elevator after they were summoned to his suburban Minneapolis compound.

    Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson says first responders tried CPR but couldn’t revive the 57-year-old musician. Olson says Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. Thursday, about half an hour after deputies arrived.

    Olson says the death is under investigation.

    Hundreds of fans have gathered outside Prince’s Paisley Park studio to mourn his death.


    3:15 p.m.

    Sales of Prince’s music have soared since news broke of the pop star’s death.

    Three of his songs _ “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry,” _ surged to 7th, 9th and 10th on iTunes’ Top Songs chart.

    Four of his albums _ “The Very Best of Prince,” “Purple Rain,” “The Hits / The B-Sides,” and “1999” _ jumped to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th on iTunes’ Top Albums chart by Thursday afternoon.

    Price’s publicist tells the AP he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home earlier Thursday.

    The singer’s music catalog, including last year’s “HITNRUN Phase One & Two,” was streaming on Tidal, another high-profile exclusive for the Jay Z-backed service. Other streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody did not offer Prince’s songs.

    A Warner Music spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest state of his contract with the record label.


    2:10 p.m.

    Reaction is pouring in from fans and celebrities following the death of music superstar Prince.

    Many celebrities took to Twitter to express their sadness Thursday. Basketball star Magic Johnson wrote that he was “so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince.”

    Director Spike Lee remembered Prince as “A Funny Cat” with a “Great Sense of Humor.”

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Prince for fighting for the freedom of artists and for himself, recalling the rocker’s skirmishes with the recording industry. Jackson says Price “was a transformer.”

    Price’s publicist told The Associated Press that the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen, a suburb of Minneapolis.


    1:40 p.m.

    A small group of fans has gathered in the rain on a hillside opposite Prince’s home and studios at Paisley Park, some taking photos with their cellphones.

    The music superstar’s publicist tells the AP that Prince died at his home Thursday at the age of 57.

    Thirty-two-year-old Steven Scott of Eden Prairie said he was at Paisley Park last Saturday for Prince’s dance party. He called Prince “a beautiful person” whose message was that people should love one another.

    One woman cried hysterically as she waved away an Associated Press reporter.


    1:10 p.m.

    Pop music superstar Prince has been found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.

    His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen.

    The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included “Little Red Corvette,” `’Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.”

    The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Wanna Be Your Lover” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.”

    The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”


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