It's not just his guitar gently weeping today, but the whole world; with the new that Prince has passed away at the age of 57. A musical maestro, Prince was renowned for holding a number of different titles: innovator, singer, song-writer, kind-hearted soul, flamboyant, fun. A man, a myth, a legend. He never let any of them define him though, proving himself a multi-faceted bestselling artist of all time. Kick-starting his career back in 1976, Prince had a string of successful hits including Purple Rain, I Wanna Be Your Lover, When You Were Mine, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, Song of the Heart, and When Doves Cry.
So prominent was his music that in his lifetime he sold over 100 million records worldwide, won 7 Grammy's, and even made a mark in the cinematic realm with a Golden Globe and Academy Award. The eccentric and elusive music industry figure passed away yesterday in his Paisley Home, in Minnesota, after he was found unresponsive in the elevator of the compound. Emergency workers tried to revive him, however he was pronounced dead a short time later. Reports have suggested he was in poor health in recent weeks, cancelling concerts and spending time in hospital. No cause of death will likely be announced until the coroner reports their findings.
The star's publicist, Anna Meacham, released an official statement following his passing, which reads; 'It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died.' Prince had a unique and ever-evolving sound, which he honed in his many ventures into the filmic world. In addition to lending his iconic songs to over 166 flicks, his IMDB page boasts eight acting credits including Purple Rain (1984), Under the Cherry Moon (1986), and Graffiti Bridge (1990). Most recently he made a guest appearance on New Girl (2011). His death marks yet another on a growing list of celebrities who have passed away this year, including David Bowie and Alan Rickman.
Here's a bit of light-hearted fun to kick off your count-down to the weekend - a new video of actor Tom Hiddleston announcing the weather for Fox 32 Chicago. Interrupting the network's regular presenter, Hiddleston stepped into frame to help explain the 'Godly' reason behind the fierce tornadoes and heavy downfalls the area has been experiencing. The star was originally there for an interview with Jake Hamilton on Good Day Chicago, promoting his upcoming slew of projects, however it seems at some point he was asked to try his hand at a little weather reading too.
'My brother from another mother has been misbehaving. The God of Thunder has brought his skill-set to bear on the local weather. So there is this huge storm-front coming in and all that means is Chris Hemsworth has taken his hammer and has smashed it on the surface of the sky and it's going to rain a hell of a lot. So good luck with that!
Hiddleston has been keeping himself very busy of late, making the rounds to promote his upcoming films I Saw The Light (2016) and High-Rise (2016), as well as the TV mini-series adaptation of John Le Carre's The Night Manager (2016). Along the way he's also been fielding questions about the rumour he may be stepping into the shoes of 007 spy James Bond. The response to the video, which was posted to Jake Hamilton Fox 32 Chicago's Facebook page, seems to be mostly positive, with quotes ranging from 'This is awesome' to my personal favourite, 'Cloudy with a chance of elevated estrogen levels'. Despite Hiddleston looking a little awkward (like he was kind-of asked at the last minute maybe...) the thespian pulled off the feat with aplomb. So if you need a little pick-me up in the form of a good looking guy discussing a Norse Gods elemental tantrum, then check out the video below.
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