Only one more day is left on the 2016 calendar, and it seems as though the world couldn’t be happier about it. From natural disasters to the election of Donald Trump to an overwhelming deluge of celebrity deaths, the past year has been quite the newsmaker with an abundance of poignant lows and only a smattering of profound highs (which is partially why it was so difficult to select only ten events to discuss.)
Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park property on April 21. Initial speculation cited a possible drug overdose on prescription medication but there was no confirmation. Following an autopsy, results were still inconclusive and couldn’t directly point to any specific cause of death.
According to the Huffington Post, an official that chose to remain anonymous has now confirmed that Prince died as a result of an opioid overdose. To be specific, the drug used was fentanyl, which is reportedly hundreds of times more potent than heroin.
“Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry, we got you.”
Did you see when BET put that ad on television after the Billboard Music Awards’ Prince Tribute, which featured Madonna?
At some point in the future, fans of the late, great Prince will all be able to go to one place to relish in the celebration of the Purple One. According to Huffington Post, his $10 million Minnesota estate, Paisley Park, will become “the next Graceland” and be turned into a museum in his honor.
“It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans — this would remember his music, which is his legacy,” Phillips said Maurice Phillips, Prince’s brother-in-law. “Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”
When famous artists pass on, the perceived value of their work sometimes triples. But when icons pass away, their art goes up nearly tenfold. So it’s no surprise that Prince’s catalog would sell so much after his unexpected passing last Thursday.
As of this Monday, Prince has sold 2.8 million songs and more than 650,000 albums, both physically and digitally, since news of his death broke. In the three days before his passing, he only sold 1,400 copies, according to USA Today.
On April 21st, we lost a legend in Prince, and we are still feeling the aftermath of his passing.
In the honor of the prolific singer, actor, and performer, the Broadway cast of The Color of Purple performed “Purple Rain”. Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson led with their powerful vocals and everyone in the audience and on stage accompanied them.
On Saturday mornings, I would wake up to the smell of pancakes and the sounds of oldies playing on the radio. Like clockwork the station always played “Kiss” by the time I made it downstairs to the kitchen. There, I watched my mother bust her 80s dance moves before planting a kiss on my cheek. While my peers sang the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, I was trying to figure out the exact time that doves cried. Throughout the years, we learned from Prince’s artistry, we danced to his music, we watched “Purple Rain” on repeat, and, now, we mourn his passing.
One could claim it’s hyperbole to say that everyone is a Prince fan, but it’s getting harder to deny. With his passing on Thursday, millions of people grieved both privately and publicly, including many celebrities. But, to top the list, President Obama released a written statement to mark Prince’s passing and called him an “electrifying performer” among many other compliments.
Prince, the singer, songwriter, musician and overall champion of popular culture for multiple decades, has died at the age of 57. He was reportedly found unresponsive in his elevator.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” said his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, according to CNN.
Prince has just announced a multi-date residency at Chicago’s United Center.
Dubbed “Welcome 2 Chicago,” the announcement follows similar residencies in Los Angeles and New York.
Prince has not performed in Chicago since 2004.