Born as Prince Roger Nelson on June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, Prince, as he was popularly known, breathed his last on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. If reports are to go by, ‘The Artist formerly known as Prince’, succumbed to his constant illness.
The Life of Prince in a Snapshot
The legendary and innovative musician and actor, Prince, had a rather profound life. A famed singer, songwriter and musical composer, Prince also tried his hand at acting with the rock musical drama film, Purple Rain (1984). With albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times, he had become a global musical icon in the 1980s. Purple Rain also won him the Oscar in 1984 for his musical score to the movie.
His music belonged to the rock, funk and jazz genre and he sold over 100 million records during his career. Prince was known to be a prolific writer and performer from a young age. It is believed, he wrote his first song when he was just seven. During his lifetime, this multi-instrumentalist songwriter had 30 albums to his credit. What’s more astonishing here is the fact that he wrote, arranged, produced and played almost all of his hit records; a one-man success story he was!
The Purple Patch for the Purple Rain Star
The Purple Rain star quite literally hit the purple patch with his first band – The Revolution. With his band by his side, he was absolutely unstoppable. This is when he was at his career best when he released over two dozen rock classics in a period of just about 5 years.
The Prince of Controversy
In the early 1990s, Prince got engaged in a contractual battle with the company, Warner Bros. This is when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. The symbol soon came to be known as ‘Love Symbol’. He was then referred to as ‘The artist formerly known as Prince’. After his contractual obligations with Warner Bros. expired, he started referring to himself as ‘Prince’ again.
With his music albums, he presented himself as an asexual that further created a buzz in the music world. His early songs had lyrics with sexual implications but on the other hand, he also had songs with a deep spirituality.
Illness and Death
Prince was sick for weeks at stretch due to influenza during the few months leading up to his death. However, it was probably his AIDS that made his influenza fatal, say the doctors who have been investigating the cause of his death. It is believed that he was diagnosed with HIV in the late 1990s which developed into AIDS during the end of 2015.
Prince, who was a Jehovah's Witness, was in a crippling condition just about six months before his death but he refused treatment citing that he could be cured by prayers.