“I am getting my first tattoo in honor of him and I am scared to demise,” she stated. “It appears to be like like a dove holding his image, flying away and the dove has a teardrop popping out of its eye.”

With tattoos, purple-hued tributes, live shows and dance events, Prince followers all over the world are commemorating the famous person musician, who died at age 57 of a drug overdose on April 21 final yr.

As investigators proceed to type out the circumstances surrounding Prince’s demise, lots of his supporters have but to just accept he is gone.


Haynes-Williams stated her grief over Prince hasn’t abated. She fell in love along with his music as a younger lady, watching the singer carry out on “American Bandstand.”

“I’ve cherished him since day one and ain’t nothing modified,” the 45-year-old self-described superfan stated. “All people and their mama is aware of how I really feel about him. When he handed away, I obtained so many calls and texts. In the event you had appeared on my [Facebook] web page, you’ll have thought Prince was my member of the family.”

Elusive in life and demise

An outpouring of public grief for a serious superstar just isn’t uncommon. However, for a lot of, the lack of Prince feels totally different as a result of Prince was totally different.

Seemingly ageless and untainted by scandal, ladies adored Prince. Males acknowledged him as a dude who might steal a lady’s consideration — all whereas he wore heels and make-up — as a result of Prince was simply that cool.

Prince’s stunning passport photo

And as elusive as he was in life — grudgingly becoming a member of social media and barely granting interviews — Prince’s demise has been equally shrouded in thriller.

The disconnect between Prince’s repute for wholesome residing and his shocking early demise exacerbated the sense of loss amongst a few of his followers.

Atlanta Journal-Structure reporter Ernie Suggs stated his mourning has been “a lingering, festering damage for a very long time.”

Days earlier than Prince died, Suggs wrote about attending what would be the star’s last concert. He is now writing a e-book concerning the expertise.

Suggs decribed that ultimate present as intimate and revelatory. The viewers in Atlanta’s Fox Theater loved hours of acoustic variations of Prince’s huge catalog, as solely he might carry out them.

Prince’s last concert was a ‘sacred’ experience

“I believe Prince expressed a freedom that all of us need indirectly,” Suggs stated. “He had an independence and expression of doing what he needed to do, being who he needed to be. I believe that resonated with lots of people. It definitely resonated with me.”

Drawn to his mastery

It additionally resonated with Birmingham, UK resident Casey Rain.

Rain is a moderator at Prince.org, one of many longest operating on-line Prince fan websites. He credit the longevity of Prince’s enchantment to his expertise.

Prince performs on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Prince performs on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

“I believe what has drawn folks to him is his mastery of so many issues,” stated Rain, whose You Tube channel, The Violet Reality, can also be fashionable amongst Prince followers. “He did not simply play an instrument, he performed tons of devices, produced his personal stuff, wrote his personal music and wrote and produced for different folks.”

“Each facet of his artistry, he was only a grasp of,” Rain added. “That degree of perfection may be very not often seen.”

Author Thembisa S. Mshaka is aware of about Prince’s quest for perfection.

When Prince was honored by BET in 2010, Mshaka was tasked with writing his official bio.

Prince signed off on each phrase.

“He did not want one [a biography],” Mshaka stated laughing. “He was Prince!”

As a music trade veteran and the creator of “Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business,” Mshaka has labored with scores of artists.

However, for her, none examine to Prince.

Mshaka stated his demise nonetheless would not appear actual.

“Whereas he talked rather a lot about mortality and demise and being at peace with it, it at all times appeared extra for us, because the viewers, than for him,” she stated. “The truth that he’s not right here is palpable to me. Like, Prince just isn’t right here, there was a seismic shift within the universe and that is why every part is in a downward spiral proper now.”

“Like a member of the family handed away”

Larry Scrubbs Jr. stated life hasn’t felt the identical for him since Prince died.

The 31-year-old Baton Rouge resident is a lifelong Prince fan, in addition to a DJ when he is not working as a proofreader.

Prince was a “modern-day Mozart,” Scrubbs stated.

“It is all about discovering somebody who may also help you join the items of your world,” Scrubbs informed CNN. “It doesn’t matter what temper I’m in or what I’m going by means of that day, there is a Prince music for it.”

Lynda Segovia Thorn can relate.

She was in center faculty in San Antonio, Texas round 1980 when she first heard “I Wanna be Your Lover.”

Segovia Thorn was immediately hooked.

Prince’s music grew to become the soundtrack of her life, she stated, to the purpose her 10-year-old son can acknowledge a Prince music on the radio after just some beats.

“There was at all times a Prince music there for me, it doesn’t matter what I’m going by means of,” stated Segovia-Thorn, choking up as she talked concerning the singer. “If you develop up following somebody the best way I did, listening to their music, you are feeling like you understand them although you do not. It is virtually like a member of the family has handed away.”