Music legend Prince died April 21, 2016, at 57 at his home, Paisley Park, in Minnesota. This gallery is a look back, in photographs, of the life and career of one of the most talented, iconic and enigmatic pop stars of all time.
In 1981, Prince was in the midst of his ascent to superstardom. His third and fourth albums, 1980's Dirty Mind and 1981's Controversy, solidified his reputation as one of the world's foremost creators of dirty, sexy baby-making music, though Controversy explored a nascent social consciousness as well. But it would be his next album, 1982's 1999, that would break him out in a big way.
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