Prince Dead: Will Smith Spoke to Musician Hours Before Found Dead
Will Smith spoke to Prince just hours before he was found dead, the actor said as Hollywood paid tribute to the music superstar and Oscar winner.
An autopsy was set for Friday to determine a cause of death for Prince, who was discovered by law enforcement personnel Thursday in the elevator of his Minneapolis area compound. Prince was 57.
“I am stunned and heartbroken. I just spoke with him last night,” Smith wrote on Facebook on Thursday with a picture of Prince playing the guitar. “Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Prince Dead: The Iconic Musician Had Praised Will Smith’s Daughter Willow Smith
Prince had praised Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, whose 2010 song and video “Whip My Hair” became a recording and social media hit.
“I love what she’s doing, her and her brother [Jaden],” Prince told Entertainment Weekly last year. “I want to meet them. It almost happened, but it didn’t work out. I want to see what she’s making in five years.”
Jada Pinkett Smith also went to social media to remember Prince with the message, “Rest in peace Beauty.”
“He was not only a genius artist, he was kind, funny, beautifully eccentric, curious, imaginative, magical, spiritual, rebellious and extremely intelligent,” she wrote on Facebook. “He showed me early the power of living one’s life by one’s own rules and no one else’s. There are really no words to express what we have all lost today. To quote my friend Paress, “Music has lost its heart beat.”
Along with music, Prince made his mark on movies. At the 1985 Academy Awards, he won an Oscar for best original song score for the film “Purple Rain.”
“This is very unbelievable,” he said in a shaky voice in his acceptance speech. ” I could never imagine this in my wildest dreams.”