Tributes Across the World (and Even Outer Space!) Honor the Late Prince
New York City and Minneapolis host huge dance parties as the universe shines purple for the late singer
In Brooklyn, director Spike Lee hosted a dance party and led a Prince sing-a-long at an event he dubbed, “PRINCE We Love You Shockadelica Joint.” Attendees, including the police officers securing the scene, were dancing and singing to “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “Purple Rain.” “It gave me chills,” said an onloooker.
In Harlem, mourners gathered outside the Apollo Theatre to dance along to Prince’s most iconic tunes in celebration of his life and music.
And in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, fans paid their respects outside his Paisley Park compound, where he lived, worked and ultimately died. A huge crowd also gathered outside the First Avenue club, where Prince first broke through and where he also recorded the film Purple Rain. They came in droves, some carrying purple flowers, balloons and many shedding tears.
Buildings were also lit up in Prince’s signature color. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Melbourne Arts Centre spire in Australia, the Empire State Building in New York City, City Hall in Los Angeles, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans all lit up in purple.
Tributes even reached outer space. NASA Tweeted an image the Crab Nebula in purple, as viewed by the Hubble telescope.
Authorities are still investigating Prince’s untimely death. He was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota early Thursday morning. Around 9:45 a.m. a call was made to the sheriff’s department requesting medical attention at the home. Less than 25 minutes later Prince was pronounced dead.
• Additional reporting by GILLIAN TELLING