“Prince” Roger Nelson, 57

By: KAITLYN FERREIRA, Spring Reporter

On April 21, 2016, America lost a legend, Prince Rogers Nelson also known as Prince, passed away at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57 after suffering from flu-like symptoms for over two weeks. After an autopsy, his remains were cremated; their location will be kept private.

Prince was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Mattie Della and John Lewis Nelson and developed an interest in music as a young child because his father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.

Prince was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The world will miss him very dearly.