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Prince Is Dead at 57

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Throughout his trailblazing and incredibly prolific career, Prince made shocking the music industry – and often the world at large – into the highest form of sport. But this time, although it seems like it could only be a cruel joke, it's not. Prince – he of “Purple Rain,” “Sign O' the Times,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” and countless other songs that have dominated the pop, rock and R&B landscape of the past three and a half decades — has apparently passed away at the age of 57.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Prince's hometown paper, law-enforcement officials are investigating a death reported at the musical icon's Paisley Park compound outside the Twin Cities. Many news sites are even crashing because of demand, but the Associated Press cited Prince's publicist in this tweet:

Like the rest of the world, we are in complete and utter shock, and will never look at the color purple quite the same way again.

Good-bye, Prince. We simply weren't ready. Neither were many others around the Bayou City.

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