April 21st, 2016
The legendary recording artist Prince has died at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota, according to his publicist. Police haven’t provided any details beyond stating that they’re investigating a death that took place on the property. As news spread of the beloved musician’s passing, so many people searched for information that his Wikipedia page was intermittently down—as was the website TMZ, one of the first outlets to report his death.
Prince is reported to have experienced problematic drug use in his past, but apparently stopped using drugs, drinking or even performing his more sexually explicit music after becoming a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001. The singer, at least in later years, was said to have despised cocaine, firing several musicians for their drug use.
In addition to countless iconic hits like “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999,” Prince will be remembered for his films, like the 1984 Purple Rain. He also wrote a great deal of music for other artists, including Sinead O’Conner’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday” by the Bangles.