The iconic musician Prince dies at the age of 57. A rep for the singer confirmed his death on Thursday (April 21) to the Associated Press.
It was earlier reported that the singer was rushed to the hospital a week ago after his private plane made an emergency landing following a show in Moline, Illinois.
His rep also told USA Today that he had been struggling with the flu. Reports indicated that he was released from the hospital after three hours and flew to Minneapolis, where he was supposedly recovering at home.
Early this month, Prince has cancelled some dates of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour because of the flu, Rolling Stone wrote citing a TMZ earlier report.
Meanwhile, celebrities around the world were shocked by his passing away. In memory of his well-lived life, they shared some facts and weird anecdotes about the singer.
Prince as a basketball player
Comedian Charlie Murphy recalled on “Chappelle’s Show” that he and his brother Eddie were invited to Prince’s house, where he challenged them to a game of basketball, Quartz reported.
Prince dominated the Murphy brothers on the court and later that night, he served them pancakes.
Prince as a tenant
The flamboyant singer rented a house in Los Angeles owned by NBA player Carlos Boozer.
ESPN reported that Boozer’s former teammate Jay Williams recalled on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 that there was a time Prince and Boozer almost have an altercation.
Supposedly, Prince changed the front gate to the Prince sign, the master bedroom to a hair salon, the streaming blue waters that led to the front door to purple water and he knocked out walls.
Booz was so angry and ready to beat Prince. However, Prince said: “Here, Boozer, here is a little check for about a million, it’ll take care of everything, get it back the way you want it.’ All Booz said was: “This little man is cool as hell.”
Prince loves Pixar movies
Questlove, the Roots drummer and bandleader for the “Tonight Show,” organized a late-night Prince after-party. Questlove played Nigerian afrobeat star Fela Kuti from the DJ booth. But instead of impressing Prince, the singer sent over an assistant to ask him to put in a DVD of the Pixar movie instead.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has also expressed his condolences to the family of the singer. The president called Prince “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time” and noted that “Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.”
Here other celebrities have to say about the legendary performer.