World is Bathed in Purple for Prince As His Sister Says: 'Thank You For Loving Him'
"The Purple One" is being eulogized around the world.
Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, stepped outside of her brother's compound on Thursday with her hair tinted purple to thank fans for their devotion.
"Thank you. Thank you for loving him," she told his congregation of fans.
Prince was found dead at his compound, Paisley Park near Minnesota, on Thursday morning. Following the news, a rainbow magically appeared over the home.
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Across the world, landmarks lit up in purple to honor the legendary musician, who died aged 57. Among them, San Francisco City Hall illuminated purple for Prince.
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Paris' Eiffel Tower turned purple.
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In a strange twist, Niagara Falls was supposed to light up for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday -- but it coincidentally became a tribute to music royalty.
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Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minnesota also lit up.
Lowry Ave. Bridge will be lit purple tonight as we mourn w/ the world the loss of a true artist & a beloved MN son. pic.twitter.com/y7MWelv1Hd— Hennepin County (@Hennepin) April 21, 2016
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, was lit purple as the rain came down in a fitting tribute to their famous fan.
Fitting that it's raining in Minneapolis today. pic.twitter.com/s5KFurDhHi— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2016
In downtown Minneapolis, thousands of fans paid tribute to their favorite son by singing, dancing and crying throughout the night.
At the iconic Minneapolis rock club, First Avenue, a makeshift memorial was set up beneath the singer's star on their "Wall of Fame."
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In Brooklyn, director Spike Lee threw an impromptu block party for hundreds of fans.
Celebrity tributes continue to pour in from all over the world.
At a concert in Paris on Thursday night, Mariah Carey told her audience: “Let's have a moment of silence for Prince if you could please."
During a performance in Canada, Rihanna told fans: “It’s a sad day for music lovers and musicians. We will miss you.”
On Broadway, Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple broke out of character to lead the audience in a soulful rendition of “Purple Rain.”
The cast of Hamilton brought the audience to their feet with a performance of “Let’s Go Crazy.”
CNN political commentator Van Jones broke down as he spoke about his close friendship with Prince. He said he felt “guilt” and pondered what he could have done after what happened.
“Now people will start talking and you will start hearing because he was such a private person,” he told Don Lemon. “He was there for us when we were down.”
Jones revealed how concerts in areas like Chicago and Baltimore were a cover for him to go to cities and organizations to help communities in need.
Mayte Garcia, Prince's ex-wife, was photographed as she learned the terrible news. The couple had a child together, who died a week after birth from a rare genetic defect.
She told People magazine: "This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated."
Prince will live on in the memories of fans and music for generations to come -- but much of his vinyl backcatalog on Amazon is either “Temporary Out of Stock” or on backorder.
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