Dancers filled the floor at the First Avenue club, where a
screen played videos of the eccentric singer-songwriter in
action, boogieing to his hits which included "Little Red
Corvette", "When Doves Cry", "Kiss", "Let's Go Crazy" and "Get
They shone their phones and waved their arms in the air when
"Purple Rain" came on. The venue was packed and other fans
crowded at the doors trying to get in.
The all-night party paying tribute to the influential Grammy
Award and Oscar-winning star, who successfully blended jazz,
disco, R&B, funk and rock, had begun late at night and was
expected to last into the morning.
Prince, 57, was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios
compound on Thursday in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
Distraught fans gathered outside the compound, which included
his home, during the night, bringing flowers, balloons and
photographs as tributes.
"He is an icon in the community. I mean, Paisley park, living in
Chanhassen, he is an icon," fan Leszlie Dawson said. "We grew up
with his music ... So we're just wondering, gosh, what
Prince had been on tour in the United States only just last
week. He was briefly in hospital last Friday with what a
representative told celebrity news outlet TMZ was the flu after
his plane had made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois.
(Reporting By Jane Ross in Minneapolis; Writing by Marie-Louise
Gumuchian in London)
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