NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenLos Angeles will be partying like it’s 1999 on Friday, May 6, as the city is set to honor Prince on the steps of city hall.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the late musician’s legacy in music and philanthropy. The celebration will be hosted by the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson and council member Jose Huizar.
The announcement came via the event’s Facebook page, which reads in part, “Our very own City Hall was the prime location for the ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ video. The City of Los Angeles is proud to have been the home away from home for a tremendous talent that touched our city. We look forward to celebrating his contributions to music, Los Angeles, and the world.”
Mayor Garcetti expressed his admiration for the singer via a statement issued last week.
“Prince was a once-in-a-generation talent. His genius on stage, and in the studio, was matched only by his determination to protect the integrity of his art and defend the rights of artists to control what they create,” he said. “Memories of his work take me back to my childhood — and years later, I had the good fortune to witness his brilliance during an incredible performance at the Roosevelt Hotel. That night, I spoke to him briefly about my admiration for his music. Today, I join people in Los Angeles and throughout the world in mourning the loss of a true icon.”
Meanwhile, news has emerged that before he died, Prince changed his diet.
That’s according to his chef, who confirmed to ABC News that the singer, who died April 21 at the age of 57, had been eating less in recent days, and had asked for foods that were more “easily digestible,” because he suffered from frequent sore throats and an upset stomach.
The chef also said that when he heard that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois the week before he died because the singer was ill, he was not concerned, because he knew there had been was flu going around.
Meanwhile, sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that Prince was using multiple doctors to get prescriptions for painkillers, which he’d reportedly been taking for his chronic hip pain. A search warrant has been executed on a local Walgreens in connection with the investigation.
Finally, a company called Heir Hunters International, which specializes in locating people who stand to inherit estates, has identified two additional heirs in addition to Prince’s sister Tyka and his half siblings. They are a niece and a grandniece of one of Prince’s half brothers, Duane.
A local attorney tells ABC News that according to Minnesota law, they would split Duane’s share of the estate, which means that they’d each get 1/14.
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