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Prince

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was a GRAMMY, Oscar, and Golden Globe winning recording artist who passed away at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016 from an accidental opioid overdose. The superstar was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park mansion in Minnesota. Just days before, Prince had a medical emergency on board a plane, forcing the jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois for him to seek medical attention. He was reportedly battling the flu and returned to the stage the following day. Prince entered the scene in 1978 with the album “For You” and the hits soon followed with “Prince,” “Dirty Mind,” “Controversy,” and “1999.” His memory will forever live on with his extensive musical catalogue featuring such songs as “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Party Like It’s 1999,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Purple Rain.” Over the course of his decades-long career, Prince collected seven GRAMMYs and countless other top honors, including a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2004. In 2007, he headlined one of the most memorable Super Bowl Halftime shows ever. In the mid-90s, Prince felt like a slave to his record company because of the contractual terms. He thought the company owned his name, so in 1993, Prince announced he was changing his name to a “Love Symbol,” which merged the gender symbols for male and female. The media began referring to him as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” When his contract expired in 2000, Prince resumed using his name. Prince was born on June 7, 1958 to John L. Nelson and Mattie Della Shaw. His parents divorced in 1967. Prince was married twice to backup dancer Mayte Garcia (1996-2000) and Manuela Testolini (2001-2006). He had a son with Mayte, named Boy Gregory, but he died at one week old due to a genetic disorder called Pfeiffer syndrome. Mayte wrote about her love affair with the superstar in her memoir, “The Most Beautiful Life: My Life with Prince.” Prince is survived by his sister Tyka Nelson and several half-siblings. The Paisley Park estate and studio has been turned into a museum for fans to tour.

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Prince -- Bickering Family To Come Together at AMAs

Prince
Bickering Family to Come Together at AMAs

Prince's siblings have called a truce in what has become an intense war over his estate ... and they're actually coming together Sunday night to pay homage to their late, famous bro. Sources… READ MORE >

Prince to Jay Z -- No Free Rides in My Little Red Corvette ... Record Label Sues Roc Nation

Prince to Jay Z
No Free Rides in My Little Red Corvette ... Record Label Sues

Prince's record label is through playing around with Jay Z -- it just sued the rapper's company for illegally streaming just about every hit song the late singer ever released. Prince's NPG… READ MORE >

- 338 days ago
Prince Estate to Jay Z -- NO Deal For His Recordings ... Issues With Tidal Deal Too

Prince Estate to Jay Z
NO Deal for His Recordings ... Issues with Tidal Deal Too

Jay Z better be ready for some purple pain -- Prince's estate wants nothing to do with his offer to snatch up any of the late singer's music catalog. Sources involved in the deal tell TMZ the… READ MORE >

- 340 days ago
Jay Z -- Bid to Buy Prince's Unreleased Music (PHOTO)

Jay Z
Bid to Buy Prince's Unreleased Music

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- 359 days ago
Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Barr -- Secret To Our Dominant Defense? ... We're Gettin' Help From Prince (VIDEO)

Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Barr
Secret To Our Dominant Defense? We're Gettin' Help From PRINCE!!

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- 368 days ago
Prince Tribute -- Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan & More ... Nearly 5 Hour Send-off Show! (PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEO)

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Stevie, Chaka & More ... Nearly 5 Hour Send-off Show!

It took almost 6 months, but Prince's final tribute was a monster of a show with huge performances ... despite some big name dropouts. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tori Kelly, and Jessie J ... were… READ MORE >

- 370 days ago
Prince's Muse -- Don't Open Paisley Park Museum ... It's Too Soon!! (VIDEO)

Prince's Muse
Don't Open Paisley Park Museum ... It's Too Soon!!

Model Damaris Lewis -- who was a Prince backup dancer -- wants the opening of his museum to be pushed back out of respect for those who are still mourning ... like herself. Damaris… READ MORE >

- 380 days ago
Prince Estate -- I Really Wish You Hadn't Screwed Me ... Out of Major Profit

Prince Estate
I Really Wish You Hadn't Screwed Me Out of a Major Profit

Prince's estate is out of control when it comes to canceling parties at Paisley Park -- and the guy planning a Make-A-Wish event says the move cost him tens of thousands of dollars.  Ricky… READ MORE >

- 400 days ago
Prince Estate -- You Canceled Our Party ... Fork Over $348k!!

Prince Estate
You Canceled Our Party ... Fork Over $348k!!

Prince's estate is a total party pooper after canceling a sold-out fundraiser at Paisley Park ... now party organizers say they're out hundreds of thousands of dollars and want their due ... this… READ MORE >

- 402 days ago
Prince -- The Revolution Reunites at 'Purple Rain' Nightclub (VIDEO)

Prince
The Revolution Reunites At 'Purple Rain' Nightclub

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- 412 days ago
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