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Posted: April 21, 2017

The Latest: Prince fans join 'purple family' at Paisley Park

FILE In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, a replica of the Memorial Fence is shown at Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn. Paisley Park, home and studio of the late musician Prince, is open for public tours. At his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death on April 21, 2016, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in
FILE In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, a replica of the Memorial Fence is shown at Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn. Paisley Park, home and studio of the late musician Prince, is open for public tours. At his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death on April 21, 2016, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in "Purple Rain." (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen,File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Prince died at his home in Chanhassen, Minn. on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57.

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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI NFL football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Prince died at his home in Chanhassen, Minn. on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57.

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FILE - In this April 22, 2016 file photo, a woman places flowers at a memorial at First Avenue in Minneapolis where pop super star Prince often performed. At his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death on April 21, 2016, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in 'Purple Rain.'

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FILE - In this Aug 28, 2016, file photo, a mural honoring the late Prince adorns a building in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. In addition, at his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death on April 21, 2016, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in 'Purple Rain.'

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In this April 4, 2017 photo, graffiti memorials to the late Prince mark the Riley Creek underpass which has become the new graffiti bridge near his home and studio in Chanhassen, Minn. Fans have been marking it since the rock star's death from an accidental overdose on April 21, 2016. At his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in 'Purple Rain.'

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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, a Prince costume and motorcycle are on display at Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn. Paisley Park, home and studio of the late musician Prince, is open for public tours. At his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death on April 21, 2016, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in 'Purple Rain.'

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FILE - In this April 22, 2016 file photo, Scott Ewing and his wife Gina Easley, view Prince's Purple Rain outfit on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minn. The one-year anniversary of Prince's death from an overdose will be marked April 21, 2017. At his home and recording studio-turned-museum, a full four days of events are on tap for the one-year anniversary of his death, ranging from concert performances by the great one's former band mates to panel discussions on his legacy. Fans who can't afford those high-dollar tickets can head to a street party outside the club he made famous in 'Purple Rain.'

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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 1985 file photo, Prince performs in concert at Riverfront Coliseum during his Purple Rain Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prince died at his home in Chanhassen, Minn. on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57.

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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1985, file photo, Prince performs before a sold-out audience in Houston. Prince died at his his home on April 21, 2016. For Prince fans, the Friday, April 21, 2017, one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose will be a time for sadness and celebration. At his Paisley Park home and recording studio-turned-museum outside Minneapolis, four days of events are on tap, ranging from concert performances by his former bandmates to panel discussions on his legacy.

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS —

The Latest on the anniversary of Prince's death (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

A few fans are starting to gather outside Paisley Park on the anniversary of megastar Prince's death.

Rhonda Soso traveled from Compton, California, to shoot photos on a sunny Friday morning of the recording-complex-turned-museum in suburban Minneapolis where Prince lived and died.

Soso is in Chanhassen for a four-day celebration of Prince's life and music that started Thursday at Paisley Park. She wore a Prince symbol pendant and had spray-painted the symbol in black along the legs of her white pants.

Soso says she is here "just to be part of the purple family, the purple army." She says it's difficult knowing that Prince is no longer here, but that "his spirit, his energy is still with us."

Prince died one year ago of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

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12:30 a.m.

For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose will be a time for sadness and celebration.

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

At Paisley Park, which has been turned into a museum, a full four days of events are on tap, ranging from concert performances by Prince's former bandmates to panel discussions. Fans who can't afford those high-priced tickets can head to a street party outside First Avenue, the club he made world famous in "Purple Rain." And the Minnesota History Center is staging a special exhibit of Prince memorabilia, including his iconic "Purple Rain" suit.


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