Prince’s Fans Remember Him On Social Media On Anniversary Of His Death

Fans and doves alike have not stopped mourning since Prince’s untimely death last year on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

The legendary musician was behind iconic hits like “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” “1999,”and, of course, “When Doves Cry.” But his influence extended far beyond his music. Prince redefined public notions about black masculinity and frequently challenged ideas about gender and sexuality with his appearance.

In a year fraught with police brutality, political mayhem, the Zika virus, bombings and much more chaos, the loss of an individual as vivacious and tremendous as Prince wasn’t just upsetting. It was crushing.

Fans who loved and continue to love the artist celebrated him Friday on the anniversary of his death:

If you ever wondered why we sing in church. This is why. This is church. #RIPPrince #PRINCE

— Paul Baudhuin (@BelgianFriar) April 21, 2017

Prince Rogers Nelson June 7th 1958- April 21st 2016 #RIPPrince. May We All Learn, That Perfect Consistent Practice…makes Satisfaction.

A post shared by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Apr 21, 2017 at 7:29am PDT

Prince forever. #PurpleRain #RIPPrince.

— Nicki Mayo (@nickimayonews) April 21, 2017

"I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain" – Prince Solo quisiera verte riendo en la lluvia morada. #rip #prince #purplerain

A post shared by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek) on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:01am PDT

The musical legend Prince, who's talent truly knew no bounds.. You're so sorely missed ☔️ #RIPPrince #Prince #FridayFeeling #purplerain

— Tina ❄️ (@Tinapeg2) April 21, 2017

"The beautiful ones, they hurt you everytime." #Prince

— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) April 21, 2017

One year ago. Rest in power Purple King #ripprince

A post shared by @sunnymcvee on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:50am PDT

I love PopLife…. #ripprince

A post shared by Loni Love (@comiclonilove) on Apr 21, 2017 at 6:56am PDT

Been a year since we lost #Prince; still not over it

— Vanessa K. De Luca (@Vanessa_KDeLuca) April 21, 2017

The Side-Eye Sorcerer. The Shade Priest. The Judgey Majesty. #Prince

A post shared by Awesomely Luvvie (@luvvie) on Apr 21, 2017 at 5:55am PDT

April 21st #Prince

— Salena Godden (@salenagodden) April 21, 2017

"Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today. To get through this thing called life." 1 year later, there will only ever be one #PRINCE. RIP.

— B. Scott (@lovebscott) April 21, 2017

The doves are still crying PURPLE RAIN ☔️ #ripprincerogersnelson (who had this poster tho )

A post shared by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:04am PDT

"Albums still matter, like books and black lives still matter." #Prince#BLM #RIPPrince

— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) April 21, 2017

One year ago we lost a true #PRINCE of music and creativity. Sending you love to the Stars and beyond O Great One. This pic was taken after I got my hair straightened and blown out, and I was feelin my Prince oats! ❤️

A post shared by Shangela (DJ) (@itsshangela) on Apr 21, 2017 at 7:55am PDT

Thank you, @NathanMattox #PRINCE

— Unvirtuous Abbey (@UnvirtuousAbbey) April 21, 2017

RIP Prince.