Minnesota sports teams are mourning the loss of music icon and Minneapolis native Prince, who died Thursday at age 57 at his home in Paisley Park. Tributes have poured in from the MLB’s Twins, the NFL’s Vikings, the NBA’s Timberwolves, the WNBA’s Lynx, and the NHL’s Wild.
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On the Twins Facebook page, the ball club gave its logo a purple makeover and posted a misty photo of Target Field with a memorial image gracing the massive scoreboard. “Purple rain falling over Target Field,” the caption read. “RIP sweet Prince.”
The Vikings released a statement that read, “Like the rest of the world, we are shocked and saddened today by Prince’s death. As one of the most influential music icons, Prince was an incredible representative of Minnesota who helped put Minneapolis-St. Paul on the map. He was a brilliant performer and a better person. We will forever be proud and grateful that he considered himself a Vikings fan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Prince’s family at this time.”
The football team also posted an Instagram photo remembering Prince as “a legend lost way too soon.”
Basketball’s Timberwolves and Lynx also released a statement from owner Glen Taylor that read, “Today we lost a local icon, legend and musical innovator. Prince represented Minnesota with grace, passion and a hunger for helping others. Over the years he became a huge Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx fan, attending numerous games and even treating our Lynx players and staff with a private concert at Paisley Park after winning the WNBA Championship this past fall. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy, especially the Prince family.”