3 things we know about Prince’s death


Prince's "Piano and a Microphone" Tour will go down as his last-ever tour. The international tour saw him in Australia and the U.S. He had to cancel two Canadian shows.

Prince’s “Piano and a Microphone” Tour will go down as his last-ever tour. The international tour saw him in Australia and the U.S.

1) He was battling the flu. It’s such a sad way to go. Apparently, Prince had been battling the flu for weeks (per TMZ). He cancelled two shows earlier this month. Then, last Thursday, he gave a show in Atlanta, and had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, on the flight home. He was treated and went home.

Prince was touring as part of his Piano & A Microphone Tour. It was just him and a piano: “You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure.” The international tour saw him going from Melbourne, Australia, to Oakland, Calif.

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“As he stood silhouetted against – what else? – a purple light, with only his puff of hair, diminutive frame and cane visible, the fans in the Fox Theatre bounded to their feet as if they were welcoming the Messiah,” the AJC wrote in a review of his last-ever show. “For many, Prince is indeed a musical religion, and at the first of his two sold-out Atlanta concerts Thursday night, he took his disciples to church with a set that resonated intensely.”

While remnants of the flu that sidelined him last week and caused the postponement of these shows was apparent when he talked (he did apologize for last week’s cancellation), when Prince sang, he sounded sublime.”

It’s hard to know whether or not the strain of last Thursday’s show pushed the ailing singer so far that he wasn’t able to recover.

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2) He likely died at home. Police were dispatched to Prince’s home, Paisley Park, this morning just before 10 a.m. News broke shortly after that Prince had died. Paisley Park doubled as Prince’s massive recording studio.

3) Prince may have been unconscious when he was taken to the hospital last week. When his plane was diverted to the Quad-City International Airport in Moline, an ambulance was standing by. “Bruce Carter, aviation director at the airport, confirmed there was a medical emergency at the airport early Friday, but he could not confirm it involved Prince.

“Carter said an aircraft on its way to Minneapolis called in about 1:30 a.m. [roughly the time when we know Prince was taken in] with a medical emergency regarding a person who was unresponsive. The airport made sure an ambulance was waiting for the plane, Carter said, and when the plane landed, the ambulance took the person to a hospital” (via QCTimes).

Prince was working on a memoir. Dubbed The Beautiful Ones, it’s yet to be known whether his writing will see the light of day. Last month, the singer confirmed he was working on the book, which would detail his life “from [his] first memory” and “hopefully… go all the way up to the Super Bowl” half-time performance he gave in 2007 (per the BBC).

“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince was famous for saying. He certainly did that, and his influence will be felt for years to come.

Learn more on this breaking story here: Prince dead at 57.

Photo credit: By nicolas genin [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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