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Prince Fans Mark Anniversary of Music Superstar's Death

Prince Fans Mark Anniversary of Music Superstar's Death

April 21, 2017 06:07 PM

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on the anniversary of Prince's death (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

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A few fans are starting to gather outside Paisley Park on the anniversary of megastar Prince's death.

Rhonda Soso traveled from Compton, California, to shoot photos on a sunny Friday morning of the recording-complex-turned-museum in suburban Minneapolis where Prince lived and died.

Soso is in Chanhassen for a four-day celebration of Prince's life and music that started Thursday at Paisley Park. She wore a Prince symbol pendant and had spray-painted the symbol in black along the legs of her white pants.

Soso says she is here "just to be part of the purple family, the purple army." She says it's difficult knowing that Prince is no longer here, but that "his spirit, his energy is still with us."

Prince died one year ago of an accidental fentanyl overdose.


Prince fans will mark the anniversary of his sudden death by gathering at Minnesota sites made famous by the "Purple Rain" superstar.

Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where Prince lived, will be the epicenter of events celebrating his life and music. It was a year ago Friday that Prince was found dead at Paisley Park of an accidental painkiller overdose.

Paisley Park opened as a museum in October. The four-day "Celebration 2017" features performances by former Prince bandmates and panel discussions.

First Avenue, the downtown Minneapolis nightclub featured in Prince's hit 1984 movie "Purple Rain," is hosting dance parties Friday and Saturday night.

Several landmarks in Minneapolis will be bathed in purple lights. Commuters will see a visual moment of silence on digital displays at Metro Transit stations.

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