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Purple tributes mark death of music legend Prince

© Twitter, @theforum | A picture posted on the Twitter account of the Forum at Inglewood, California, turned purple in tribute to Prince.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-04-22

The death of the iconic singer, songwriter and musician is being marked across the US by purple-coloured tributes on buildings, landmarks and newspaper covers.

Prince was found dead in his suburban Minneapolis home on Thursday, devastating fans and fellow musicians across the world.

His home state led tributes to the author of "Purple Rain", turning bridges and the Minnesota Twins' baseball stadium purple in tribute.

The Twins' Twitter account said it was fitting that the rain marked Prince's passing.

Prominent buildings in New York and New Orleans were also given a new purple look, as was San Francisco City Hall.

Municipal authorities in Los Angeles soon followed suit. 

Those flying from LA to Minnesota were even treated to purple cabin lights on a Delta flight.

Meanwhile, The New Yorker circulated an image of its magazine cover due to hit newsstands on Monday, featuring lavender raindrops against a purple background.

And Google honoured the pop icon with a special "Purple Rain" doodle.

As always, social media offered a prime platform for people to share their tributes and messages of sadness – as well as spreading confusion.

Several people circulated pictures of the Eiffel Tower, claiming the iconic Paris landmark had been covered in purple light to honour Prince – except it hadn't.

Nor was New York's Empire State Building shining purple, contrary to what many Twitter users claimed, until others pointed out the tower was in fact white.

There was also confusion regarding the Niagara Falls, which were indeed purple, but not for Prince...

Date created : 2016-04-22

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