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Prince, The death of an icon

Updated on April 23, 2016
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Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7th, 1958 and was reported as deceased on April 21, 2016. The American singer and songwriter was well known for other areas of interest such as producing and acting. He studied in a wide assortment of styles such as funk, rock and hip hop.


Prince was born to mother Mattie Della Shaw and John Lewis Nelson. He was born into an African American family and has roots tied into Louisiana with his grandparents coming from LA. His father was a songwriter as well as a pianist and his mother is a Jazz singer. His father was known as Prince Rogers on stage. His childhood name that only a select few knew him by was Skipper.


The question that most have now on their minds is what lead to the death of Prince? Was he like the rest of the legendary celebrities who find themselves addicted to drugs and overdosing before being found dead? What people are interested in is what could have led to his death. You should know a little more about his background before jumping to the conclusion that he died from a drug overdose.


In an interview, Prince once stated that he suffered from Epilepsy as a child. He was born as an epileptic and forced to be on a number of seizure meds as a child. He once spoke about how he met an angel who told him that he would no longer be sick and need medication to keep a handle on his seizures. Because of this he ultimately turned to the Jehovah Witness religion. He was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist.

Prince first started out working on music at a very young age. He was first known for writing his first song at the young age of 7. When he started recording songs with a cousin of his who had a band, 94 East, the 19year old went on to create a number of demo tapes that were unsuccessful. His first album debuted in 1978 with his 1979 album going to platinum. He gained major attention after a series of his singles were major successes. The next three of his albums also went on to being chart toppers as well.


Prince first started out in a band called Grand Central while he was still in high school with fellow band mate, Andre Anderson who lived down the street in his neighborhood. Prince started out playing the piano in the band as well as the guitar and would play in the local clubs and bars surround the area. The band went on to change their name to Champagne. They would play original music that was influenced by the Sly and the Family Stone band. Prince also was on the high school basketball team and went on to play in his spare time in adulthood.

Prince sold more than 100 million albums around the globe and granted him the title of one of the best-selling artists. He has won 7 different Grammy awards and has earned himself a Golden Globe Award. He also has won an Academy Award and in the year 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He came in at number 27 on the Rolling Stone list of top 100 Greatest Artists of all time.



In the year 1991 Prince went on to create a new band with the name of New Power Generation with band mates Sonny T and Tommy Barbarella on the keyboard. The song Diamonds and Pearls was first released on October 1, 1991. It went on to reach the number 3 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album went on to produce 4 singles that were hits. The band went on to produce a number of albums afterwards.


In the last week of his life, he was said to have had flu like symptoms before they discovered him lifeless on April 21, 2016. There is a lot of speculation at the moment that he was on some type of drug however until toxicology reports come back in a couple of weeks’ no one will know anything. Until then more speculation will continue.

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