Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate an inimitable artist, he who shall forever be known as Prince. The 57-year-old musician was a star whose earthbound breath was snuffed out on Thursday, to the surprise of legions of fans and observers.
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Saluting Prince, a singularly spectacular musician, man and tennis fan
The best way to honor him is to go on laughing in the purple rain
Published Apr 21, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Prince's fellow musician and tennis fan, quickly took to Twitter to proclaim his love for one of the greatest performers of all-time.
What's perhaps lesser-known about Prince is that he was a tennis fan, and—as you might assume—one who did not appear at major events wearing a mesh-back baseball cap and polo. Witness his instantly iconic 2014 Roland Garros gear, in which he took in Rafael Nadal's rout of Dusan Lajovic on the heels of a concert run in Paris:
Indeed, only His Royal Badness could rock a tank top and a turtleneck while sporting an afro and aviators—and wield a silver scepter—and still look like the epitome of cool. On anyone else, that's a lot of look. But on Prince, it's another quick trip down to the corner store.
He did everything his own way, and there's a lot to learn from that. Now the best way to honor him is to go on laughing in the purple rain.