Legendary singer, songwriter and occasional actor Prince reportedly has died at Paisley Park, his studio and venue in Minnesota. Prince was 57.
The news of Prince’s death was first confirmed by TMZ, and later confirmed by the artist’s publicist to The AP. this news comes on the heels of Prince’s recent health problems. The singer/guitarist was rushed to a hospital days ago and was reportedly combating an illness. Sources at the time said Prince was "not doing well."
Obviously, Prince left his mark on the movie industry in two major projects in the 1980s. Purple Rain was a feature-length motion picture that accompanied the release of what’s arguably Price’s greatest album. In the 1984 film, Prince played The Kid, a talented musician trying to make it in the competitive music business while dealing with problems at home. He also tried to find love with the beautiful Apollonia, leading to so many amazing ‘80s moments on the big screen.
That led to Under the Cherry Moon and, later, Graffiti Bridge, where he once again played The Kid. But Prince’s presence really boosted Tim Burton’s Batman, the 1989 superhero classic that boasted numerous Price compositions … none more famous than The Batdance.
Those weren’t Prince’s only credits in the film and television industry. Not by a long shot. The Hall-of-Famer’s diverse resume stretches from everything to animation to the FOX sitcom New Girl. He’d perform on a Beavis & Butthead episode, or do music for Showgirls and Vampire in Brooklyn. But Prince’s greatest gift, time after time, was in his live performances. I’m not sure you can find a more electric Super Bowl halftime show than the one Prince laid on audiences in the rain. It’s perfection:
That’s magic. That’s how I will remember Prince, who leaves us far too soon. How will you remember this legendary artist?