Prince Rogers Nelson


Age: 57

rock singer, songwriter, arranger, and instrumentalist who drew on the history of modern popular music and created a gender and genre-defying blend of rock, funk, and soul with hits including 1999, Purple Rain, and Little Red Corvette whose records sold more than 100 million copies and earned him Grammys and a 1985 Oscar for his music from the movie Purple Rain, who was also described by critics as "a talented and charismatic Minnesota rock musician who could play guitar like Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix, sing like James Brown, or turn out pop melodies worthy of Motown", but no one could mistake his sound for anyone but himself.

Cause of Death: Accidental fentanyl overdose

Born: June 7, 1958

Died: April 21, 2016

Chanhassen, Minnesota