^
Keep New Times Free
4

Prince, Iconic Musician, Dies at 57 Years Old

Prince, the iconic musician who broke boundaries and blazed trails in R&B, rock, and funk, has died at the age of 57. He was found in his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The cause of death is unclear at this time, but last week Prince was hospitalized with what his representatives said was the flu.

Prince's influence on not only music but also culture in general cannot be understated. His career spanned 39 studio albums and countless hit singles. Many of today's brightest stars are quick to list him as an essential influence.

In the coming weeks, hundreds of articles will flood the web, memorializing Prince and his place in music history. For Miamians, the most iconic Prince performance has to be the 2007 Super Bowl halftime show, when Prince, during a Miami downpour, put on a breathtaking performance that included songs "We Will Rock You," "Let's Go Crazy," "Baby I'm a Star," "Proud Mary," "All Along the Watchtower," and "Best of You."

He ended the halftime show with his iconic breakthrough single, "Purple Rain," which he fittingly performed in the rain. 

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

"It felt surprising. It felt spontaneous. Whatever script you might have had in your head for OK, here's what he's going to do, he didn't do that," Alan Light, author of Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain,told the NFL in a documentary about the 2007 Super Bowl.

"Turning the bad weather to his dramatic advantage. It was almost like a special effect."

Relive the performance below.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.