Last night, at around 6pm, news started to break that pop icon Prince was dead. By 7pm, his publicist had confirmed the story and the world went into mourning.

The police are still investigating the cause of death, but we do know The Purple One had been taken ill just days earlier. Admitted to hospital on Saturday (April 16) following an emergency landing of his private plane, the ‘Purple Rain’ singer was discharged just hours later. He was even spotted riding his bike around Paisley Park – the huge estate he lives on in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The snap now appears to be one of the last photos of Prince taken before he passed away. The picture below is of one such bike ride.

PRINCE IS GOOD! RIDING HIS BIKE AT #paisleypark VIA #JEREMIAHFREED

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Later that night, as was Prince’s way, he went out partying. But not just any party. This bash was a specially held all-nighter at Paisley Park. Commenting on his recent hospitalisation, he said, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” He would be dead just five days later.

Instagram account PrinceLiveTheBest posted the bicycle image, along with one of the exclusive Paisley gig. See the latter below. And then, in honour of the legend that was Prince, go out and party like it’s 1999.

P SHOWS HIS NEW GUITAR #paisleypark

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