Oracle Arena to illuminate in purple light as tribute to pop singer Prince

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In this Saturday evening, Aug. 6 2011 photo American singer and songwriter Prince performs on the Isle of Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark. The concert was the first of two and it was interupted by heavy rain. (AP Photo/Polfoto/Jakob Joergensen) DENMARK OUT

OAKLAND (KRON) — Oracle Arena in Oakland will illuminate in purple starting tonight to honor the life and career of “Purple Rain” musician Prince, according to arena Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager Chelsea Nice.

The legendary singer was found dead Thursday morning at his recording studios in Minnesota only days after battling a severe flu, officials say. He was 57.

“Since the announcement of the singer’s passing, there has been an outpouring of support from around the globe,” Nice said in a press release.

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The arena will be lit in purple for the next week to “commemorate the many memories and unforgettable performances that Prince has gifted to the Bay Area over the years.”

Prince last performed at Oracle Arena on March 4. His “Piano and Microphone” concert sold out quickly, Nice said.

“Using only a grand piano and a microphone, Prince condensed his extensive library of hits to deliver one of his most intimate and phenomenal performances yet,” Nice said in the press release. “The two-hour set was filled with his major hits and deeper cuts from his impressive catalogue, captivating over 17,000 fans inside the building with every note.”

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