There were signs of illness last Friday when Prince had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, and taken to the hospital. He downplayed his illness by appearing on stage at Paisley Park’s dance party on Saturday... ensuring fans that he was well. He is quoted as saying, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”
Today has been pretty insane. It rained all day, as if the sky was weeping purple tears. There are also no shortage of tributes to Prince. Everywhere I went (especially in Minneapolis), there were digital billboards showing purple, website turning icons to purple, radio stations playing Prince all day, and, especially in Minneapolis, there will be an all-night Prince block party by First Avenue.
Also, not to overshadow other celebrities’ passing, but WWE’s Chyna and Negativland founder Richard Lyons (aka Pastor Dick) both died this week.
Lyons lost his battle with cancer on April 19th. To this day, I still have that rare U2 single that Negativland released (read all about it here).
The band defended their music as fair use (and I feel they are in the right), but record label Island Records (and Casey Kasem) would disagreed... so it is actually pretty hard to come by the original CD single.
Below are more deaths for the month of April - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2016.