Minnesota Declares June 7 ‘Prince Day’

By Sameer Rao Jun 07, 2016

The North Star State just got a little funkier: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared today (June 7) "Prince Day."


Iconic musician and performer Prince Rogers Nelson, who was raised in Minneapolis and maintained his Paisley Park home and studio complex near the Twin Cities, would have turned 58 today. Recent reports attributed his April 21 death to an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a prescription opioid used for pain management.

The proclamation encourages Minnesotans to wear purple and celebrate the man who is credited with creating "The Minneapolis Sound."

For those outside of Minnesota, Rolling Stone reports that streaming service Tidal is commemorating Prince’s birthday with the addition of 15 of his lesser-known EPs to its digital catalogue. The service, which Prince worked with prior to his death, is the only one with the rights to stream most of the artist’s work.