Watch Stevie Wonder pay tribute to ‘fearless’ Prince on US TV

The musician refused to play a Prince song, saying “I would probably break down”

Stevie Wonder has discussed his memories of the late music icon Prince, who died on Thursday (April 21) aged 57.

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Wonder explained the inspiration Prince was to him. “He was a great musician, he loved music, he loved playing his instrument and the times that we did jam together were amazing, with all the various people he would bring together… He was very cognizant of what his responsibility was as a musician and a human being.”

He added, “It’s rare for me that I can feel with every single breath how he just passionately loved music. When musicians can jam there’s nothing like it in the whole world. I guess it’s like when ball players are playing and they’re excited about the game. This is the same thing with us as musicians: to be able to say ‘ok you can do that, watch me do this’. It’s just a lot of fun and he was incredible with that.”

Asked if he would be willing to play something of Prince’s on US television, Wonder choked up and said, “I think I would probably break down if I do a song right now. But he was incredible and I’m just glad that I was able to say to him, ‘I love you’ the last time I saw him.”

Wonder also told Cooper how he though Prince should be remembered: “Just a great musician, a great producer, a great songwriter. Someone that allowed himself to be himself and encouraged other to be themselves. He was very free. And to do what he did, without fear, was a wonderful thing, because it’s always great when we don’t allow fear to put our dreams to sleep, and he didn’t.”



The cause of Prince’s death has yet to be reported. Yesterday (April 22) it was revealed that Prince’s autopsy has been completed, but that the cause of death could remain unknown for weeks.

Medical examiners in Minnesota spent four hours on the procedure before releasing the body back to the singer’s family.

A representative for the Midwest medical examiner’s office told TMZ that the authorities were still collecting the singer’s medical records, as well as a broader family medical history, in order to finalise their investigation into Prince’s sudden death aged just 57 at his studios in Chanhassen, on the outskirts of Minneapolis.

A full picture of what killed Prince would “likely take weeks”, according to a statement released to the press.

“As part of a complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr Nelson’s medical and social history will be gathered. Anything which could be relevant to the investigation will be taken into consideration,” said a previous release.

He is reported to have been found unresponsive in a lift, and though paramedics attempted CPR at the scene, they were unable to revive him, according to information released by the local sheriff’s office. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am, less than half an hour after emergency services first received a call.