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  • OP of Eckington

    I watched Purple Rain all through college…I was more hurt when Michael Jackson died..but nonetheless Prince will be missed.

    I’m wearing purple all next week to work..like everyday.

  • timmyp

    Nothing else matters today.

  • houseintherear

    Unbelievable. I got a text about it while teaching 5th grade and gasped so loud and started tearing up- a kid asked what was wrong, I said Prince died, he asked Prince of where? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • textdoc

    I was reading something on Facebook the other day about Prince being a badass because he’d been hospitalized and had then gone on to host a party (or something along those lines), and as a result I had “Erotic City” in my head for much of yesterday/this morning.
    .
    A talented artist, gone too soon.

  • jcm

    That’s a shame. He was an astonishingly talented man. Guess I know what I’ll be listening to for the rest of the day.

  • jenster8dc

    2016 is fucked up.

    • CVR

      This is beyond true

  • OP Anon

    So gutted that I missed out on seeing him last year when he played DC and Baltimore. Tickets sold out with a quickness. This is one of my big “Should Have Gone to the Concert!!!” life regrets. I never got the chance 🙁

  • Anon

    While he may have gone sooner than most, he certainly lived more in his shortened lifetime than most of us combined. Rest in Purple, Prince!

  • jenster8dc

    2016 is effed up.

  • wdc

    The wrestler Chyna also died. Bad day for mononyms. I hope someone is looking out for Cher. And Sting. And Bono. Actually, just Cher and Bono.

    • ***

      And Madonna

  • divebar311

    My heart breaks today. With Whitney, MJ and now Prince gone my childhood music idols are all gone.

    So glad I got to see Prince perform in 2012. He played for 3 hours straight then left (stadium was emptying out and lights on). Fifteen minutes later he was back and played for another HOUR. Incredible.

  • I didn’t realize he had ever changed his name back from that symbol thing, but apparently it happened quite a long time ago. I wasn’t really a fan, but like David Bowie I can understand his appeal to some (many). His creativity surely contributed to many other great artists I probably do enjoy.

    • dcd

      Same here. I’m also distressed that he was 57 – it makes sense logically, but damn . . . I’m old.

      • Philippe Lecheval

        But it really doesn’t make sense, because he was known as a pretty serious health nut. It just seems strange, when people like Keith Richards will outlive us all.

  • This is confusing when the guy who runs this site is also referred to as the Prince!!!
    So, this took me a minute.

    • tke98

      Jeslett, while there is a Prince of Popville , a Prince of Wales and a host of other “Prince of _____”, there is only and will ever only be just one “Prince.”

      • Yeah, no kidding, but how often do celebrity deaths merit a PoPville post? And I figured it out with a few seconds, but I was taken aback at first.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    When I was married in the ’80’s my step daughter had an incredible crush on Prince. I might otherwise have missed out on this genius. I think we should party like its 1999!

  • Vered

    Gifted, gifted man. We’ve lost an iconic artist.

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