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Prince Fans To Mark Anniversary Of His Death

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Apr 21, 2017 at 5:42 am

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - Prince fans will mark the anniversary of his sudden death by gathering at sites made famous by the "Purple Rain" superstar.

Paisley Park, where Prince lived, will be the epicenter of events celebrating his life and music.

It was a year ago Friday that Prince was found dead at Paisley Park of an accidental painkiller overdose.

Paisley Park opened as a museum in October. The four-day "Celebration 2017" features performances by former Prince bandmates and panel discussions.

First Avenue, the downtown Minneapolis nightclub featured in Prince's hit 1984 movie "Purple Rain," is hosting dance parties Friday and Saturday night.

Several landmarks, including the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, will be bathed in purple lights. Commuters will see a visual moment of silence on digital displays at Metro Transit stations.

Friday has been declared "Prince Day" in Minnesota.

Meanwhile; a federal judge has blocked a sound engineer from releasing a five-song EP of unpublished music by Prince after the late superstar's estate objected - but one of the songs is still available online.

George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006, and made at least one recording - called "Deliverance" - available Wednesday for online sales. Prince's estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright granted a temporary restraining order to stop the music's release late Wednesday.

But independent label RMA says the song "Deliverance" was released before the judge's ruling, so it doesn't apply. The song was available online Thursday.

The estate's lawsuit says Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that the recordings would remain Prince's property. Prince sings and plays guitar and keyboard on the tracks.

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