Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to get through this thing called life.
And it's hard to believe that it's been four years now since we've been expected to do it without Prince. But it's true.
It was April 21, 2016 when the world was forced to say goodbye to a truly singular talent when His Purple Majesty was found in the elevator at his home, the iconic Paisley Park, unresponsive and unable to be revived. With no signs of suicide or foul play, it would be a month and a half before the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka County would announce on June 2 that Prince had died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at the age of 57.
In the end, it didn't really matter what had happened to fell a musical giant—if not a literal one. All that mattered was that he was gone, taking with him a prolific songwriting prowess and a singular sound.