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Minnesota governor declares ‘Prince Day’ to honor late singer

Purple reigned on Tuesday as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared June 7 “Prince Day,” marking what would have been the late singer and Minnesota native’s 58th birthday.

The music superstar, known for songs including “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” died on April 21 of an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl at his Paisley Park Studios compound in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.

“Prince, and his music, defined an era,” Dayton said in statement. “Minnesotans and our nation mourn the loss of a great artist.”

In a written proclamation of “Prince Day,” Dayton encouraged Minnesotans to wear purple “in honor of The Purple One’s enduring legacy.” (Reuters)