Shared from the 2017-04-22 Chattanooga eEdition

A year later, fans pay tribute to rock ’n’ roll legend Prince

MINNEAPOLIS — For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his death from a drug overdose is a time for sadness and celebration.

It was a year ago Friday that the superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where he lived.

Fans from around the globe have flocked to Paisley Park, now a museum, for a four-day celebration that includes performances by Prince’s former bandmates and panel discussions.

Fans who didn’t want to pop for a $549 ticket to get into Paisley could head to a street party outside First Avenue, the club he made famous in “Purple Rain.” And the Minnesota History Center is staging a special exhibit of Prince memorabilia, including his iconic “Purple Rain” costume.

Malinda Listenbee, 46, of Huntsville, Ala., wore a Prince shirt as she and her husband, Ulton, waited to enter Paisley Park.

She recalled hearing about Prince’s death a year ago by overhearing nurses talk about it while at a doctor’s appointment. She said it felt like she lost a family member.

“He was a caring person, a giving person, and it just felt like I knew him,” she said.

The couple had already been to Paisley Park once, in November, when they took a VIP tour and played on Prince’s ping-pong table.

“I feel like this is a time to celebrate,” she said. “This is a happy space.”

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