Death of Prince shocks fans and admirers


The world-renowned singer known as Prince passed away on April 21 at his estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  After paramedics attempted to perform CPR on him to no avail, he was officially pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. He was 57 years old.

Fans within the Staples community were alarmed to hear the news of his passing and chose to honor him in various ways.

“He was definitely an icon, and I grew up with my mom always playing a lot of his music. We’ve been listening to his music a lot since his passing,” Alex Uman ’16 said.

The cause of his death is currently unknown, and the results from the autopsy conducted on April 22 will not be publicly released for several days or weeks according to Fox News.

Six days prior to his death, Prince fell ill on a flight back to Minneapolis and was rushed to an Illinois hospital. While the illness plaguing the singer is still unknown, his representative said that he had been suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Staples students were quick to acknowledge the mark that Prince left on the music industry.

“He did a lot for his scene of performing and raised the bar for a lot of musicians to try to compare to his distinctive style,” Uman said.

Ian Blanchardon ’15 once met Prince and described him as being a “great guy in general [with] a down-to-earth personality.” Blanchardon, who himself, is a musician, elaborated on the singer’s legacy saying that “although [many] musicians are not wealthy in riches, their riches come in the form of immortality.”