Austinites mourn the loss of musical icon Prince

Austinites mourn the loss of musical icon Prince. He died at the age of 57-years-old Thursday. In less than an hour of getting word of Prince’s death, the vinyl shelves at Waterloo were wiped clean. Local businesses also paid tribute to the pop superstar.

Bandelinder said it was a somber day at Waterloo Records in Austin when they got news of Prince’s death.  “He's such a virtuoso. He was extremely skilled from everything to saxophone, guitar, of course he was an awesome singer,” he said. The news of not only hit him as an employee of the record store, but as a fan and a musician himself. “You can look at all the different aspects of prince, and his music, and they're all just so great, they're all just so perfect,” he said.

Sam Bandelinder said it was a somber day at Waterloo Records in Austin when they got news of Prince’s death.  “He's such a virtuoso. He was extremely skilled from everything to saxophone, guitar, of course he was an awesome singer,” he said.

The news of not only hit him as an employee of the record store, but as a fan and a musician himself. “You can look at all the different aspects of prince, and his music, and they're all just so great, they're all just so perfect,” he said.
                               
In less than an hour of getting word of Prince’s death, Bandelinder said the vinyl shelves at Waterloo were wiped clean. “We got in six to seven copies of purple rain and they are all gone. 

Within 40 minutes everything was just gone,” he said.  Along with buying records, fans were also leaving little tributes in the store in remembrance of the popstar. Flowers were left in the area where Prince’s CD’s are.

The death of prince has taken many off guard as he was only 57-years- old. His publicist said he was battling the flu. Dr. Adam Brittain of St. David’s Medical Center weighed in. “If he did have the flu for so long, one of the things we're concerned about is post flu staphylococcal pneumonia. Usually hospital stay is required, usually ICU stay is required, because the blood pressure drops, the patient becomes severely sceptic and the patient is quite ill.”

Prince was known for being a workaholic, and Dr. Brittain said while death from the flu at his age is rare, it is possible. “Stress could certainly play into it obviously.  Don’t work yourself too hard, but we still do that anyway I think. Again, be conscious of the symptoms; be conscious of your past medical history.”

While we don't know yet how he died we are saying goodbye to the man many call a musical genius. “His musician ship is as good as it gets really. One of the best probably there probably ever was,” said Bandelinder.

The Alamo Drafthouse screened “Purple Rain at their theaters the night Prince died. 

This weekend comedian Maya Rudolph is at the Paramount Theater with her show Princess, a Prince Cover band.

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