ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Call it a sad sign of the times for many music fans. The marquee outside Vintage Vinyl let pedestrians know that Prince had passed away at the age of 57.
It was store manager John Hardester’s job to let St. Louisans on The Loop know in 21 characters that Prince had died.
"I think he's probably at the top as far as talent. I mean, I don't know who else. I put him with Bowie and Paul McCartney as far as a guy who could do it all," Hardvster said.
Prince joins Maurice White and David Bowie as industry deaths that shocked millions as the revolutionary entertainer's career was one that touched generations.
Prince had been traveling the nation doing pop up concerts; venue and ticket information would be released with very little notice.
According the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the music legend was scheduled to perform two shows in St. Louis on Monday, but they were called off when he became ill. The concert coordinator said everything was ready to go, including artwork, press releases, tickets, and the venue – which was going to be the Fox Theatre.
On Thursday, Prince performed two shows in Atlanta. When he got on his private plane to fly home to Minnesota he became so sick the pilot was forced to land in Moline, Illinois, where the singer was rushed to the hospital. He was later released. His representatives said he been fighting the flu. TMZ is reporting tonight that he was treated for a drug overdose during that plane ride.
The medical examiner’s office in Ramsey, Minnesota said the autopsy on Prince will take place Friday.