Purple Reign: Eiffel Tower, New Orleans Superdome and More Light Up in Honor of Prince

Prince Dead: Purple Rain: Eiffel Tower, New Orleans Superdome Light Up
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04/22/2016 AT 01:30 AM EDT

Purple reign!

The world lit up for Prince on Thursday night in wake of the music icon's death.

In photos shared on Twitter, the Eiffel Tower and New Orleans Superdome glowed in purple as a tribute to the "Purple Rain" singer who died earlier in the day.









Major monuments were some of the first to be noticed, but they weren't the only landmarks honoring Prince – cities across the world honored the legendary singer, 57, bathing their landmarks in violet.

Among the buildings were The Forum in Inglewood, California, a venue Prince has played many times, San Francisco and Los Angeles' City Halls, and the Omni Hotel in Dallas where the side of the building spelled out "Purple Rain." The Minnesota Twin's stadium also went purple for Prince.

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While most of the buildings lit in purple on Thursday night were in memory of the musician, Niagara Falls inadvertently joined, as it was lit up in the "color of royalty" to celebrate the queen's birthday.











As cities paid tribute by illuminating popular places, celebrities took to Twitter where they expressed their shock and sadness at the news, and fans who lived nearby mourned at Prince's Paisley Park estate.

"He Changed The World! A True Visionary," Madonna tweeted. "What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song."

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Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota early Thursday morning. Around 9:45 a.m. a call was made to the sheriff's department requesting medical attention at the home. Less than 25 minutes later Prince was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
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