Cannes Film Festival Prince Tribute Scheduled Following His Death at 57
The Cannes Film Festival is planning a tribute for Prince following his death at the young age of 57. The Purple One was found dead in an elevator this past Thursday (April 21) and it has yet to be determined what the exact cause of his demise was. But a representative for the film festival was cagey about the exact details of the tribute.
“There will be a tribute to Prince,” the representative said to The Hollywood Reporter. “But we have no more information right now.”
It is understandable why a film festival the magnitude of Cannes would want to do a Prince tribute, as Prince was behind some movie soundtracks in his career. These included the original Batman movie, as well as Spike Lee’s movie Girl 6. Girl 6 originally screened in the Un Certain Regard section for Cannes in 1996. The festival will run this year from May 11 until May 22, while they likely scramble to finalize plans for the tribute.
This past Thursday, Prince was found unresponsive in the elevator of his residence in Paisley Park, a mere week after his tour plane made an emergency medical landing for what was described as the flu. He had also cancelled a few shows in Atlanta prior to the medical emergency, but had also thrown a dance party at his house shortly after.
The music (as well as film) industry reacted heavily to the loss of the legend and there was an outpouring of support from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Hozier, Flying Lotus, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kelly Rowland, and Quincy Jones amongst others.
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Words fail with a loss of this magnitude. Prince was a rare genius, & despite news reports will absolutely live forever. Thanks for the joy — Hozier (@Hozier) April 21, 2016
Damn. RIP to a true legend. The world won't be the same without Prince's crazy ass.
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) April 21, 2016
Thank you God for letting us experience the GREATNESS that is Prince! What a blessing! #RipPrince — KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) April 21, 2016