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Prince's home state marks death anniversary with celebration

21 April 2017

However, the exact details of the sad circumstances leading to Prince's death a year ago are still unclear.

"Prince meant a lot to me in my life, taught me a lot".

Maguire said Celebration 2017 weekend is about recreating what Prince often did; inviting people into his home.

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In honor of the anniversary of his death on April 21, 2016, PrettyFamous - an entertainment data site powered by Graphiq - highlighted his greatest contributions to entertainment. It's now being re-published as we mark one year since his passing.

FILE - In this November 2, 2016 file photo, a Prince costume and motorcycle are on display at Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn. Most of the sales were in the month after his death. The audience in Atlanta's Fox Theater enjoyed hours of acoustic versions of Prince's massive catalog, as only he could perform them.

Shortly after Prince's death previous year from an accidental opioid overdose, original band members Bobby Z (drums), "Doctor" Matt Fink (keyboards), Mark "BrownMark" Brown (bass), Lisa Coleman (keyboards) and Wendy Melvoin (guitar) convened in a Minneapolis hotel to share their grief with fans via a heartfelt video.

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Last June medical examiners confirmed that the artist died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl. The latest comes from a former art director that has pulled together shots of the music legend from over a decade and is publishing them along with anecdotes that give glimpses of working life in Prince's studio complex, Paisley Park. "He sat down at the piano and started singing", recalled the Peachtree resident of attending Prince's last concert performance April 14. There will also be a special exhibit for fans of Prince at the Minnesota History Center. He'd play the old hits, but also the new stuff, because, like Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen before him, he would have made some of his best music as a senior citizen of the world.

Fans who could afford it spent $999 for VIP passes for the Paisley schedule, and the estate said those were sold out. A relatively cheaper option — $549 general admission passes — was still available midweek. Adele, of course. Her 25 album sold 2.21 million albums a year ago.

A memorial street party outside the club is also on tap for Saturday.

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"Sometimes It Snows in April" (from 1986's Parade) -- One of Prince's greatest ballads, it's surprising in retrospect that this song never became a hit, but it took on new relevance following Prince's death in April of previous year; D'Angelo paid tribute to Prince when he performed this song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Only Prince could have ever pulled off that white ruffled shirt with the purple jacket and the studded trousers.

Prince's home state marks death anniversary with celebration