Prince has died aged 57 at his estate in Minnesota, just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with severe flu. Prince – full name Prince Rogers Nelson – was rushed to hospital a few days ago with flu symptoms after his private plane made an emergency landing.
Prince fans in New Orleans have organized a jazz funeral for the music icon.
Prince was An intensely private person. He sold more than 100 million records. His music was marked by sexually charged lyrics and explosive live performances, while his private life was marked by a string of romances linking him with the likes of Madonna and actresses Kim Basinger and Carmen Electra. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and his most recent album, “HITnRUN: Phase Two” was released in December 2015.
Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness about 15 years ago, and was a strict vegan. In 2009, he told PBS television about being born an epileptic and suffering seizures as a child. He also said he was teased in school, and that “early in my career I tried to compensate by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could.”
Prince’s Oscar was for best original song score for “Purple Rain,” the 1984 movie in which he also starred.
The jazz funeral march set for Monday was organized on Facebook and will include mourners clad in purple, marching bands and a release of white doves just as the sun’s setting on the historic Treme neighborhood.
Tributes nationwide to mark Prince’s death have included national monuments tinged purple and public vigils. His hometown of Minneapolis also is preparing a final send-off.