Shocked by Prince’s unexpected death, along with the rest of the world, Mariah Carey honored her late friend with an epic tribute in Paris during her ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy’ Tour. The superstar couldn’t help getting emotional as she remembered the ‘incredible’ person Prince was.
Mariah Carey, 46, was understandably devastated after learning of Prince‘s death on April 21, even admitting that she’ll “never get over it.” But like the professional she is, the songstress carried on in Prince’s honor, performing an extremely heartfelt tribute in memory of the prolific singer during her Paris concert. She even dedicated her song “One Sweet Day” to Prince, singing, “I know you’re shining down on me from heaven.” Watch her tearful statement below.
“I didn’t know if I was able to come out here and put on a show and be festive, but I said ‘I’m in Paris and that’s what Prince would want me to do.’ To get through it rather than just make everything bleak, we need to take this and honor this,” Mariah explained to her audience on April 21 just hours after learning about the legend’s untimely death.
“He was a friend to me too and he talked me through some times I really really needed somebody. He was an incredible person if you never got to meet him,” the diva continued. So beautiful! Mariah added, “I’m sure his music has touched every single person in here so let’s have a moment of silence for Prince.” Next, the singer introduced her song “One Sweet Day” — which features the line “I know you’re shining down on me from heaven” — and dedicated the performance to the “Purple Rain” singer. She fought back tears as she performed the track.
Genius, legend, inspiration, friend.
The world will miss you.
I’ll never get over it. pic.twitter.com/RXIZdfGNPw
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 21, 2016
After the show, Mariah admitted to Entertainment Tonight that she will “never get over” her friend’s death, saying, “It’s such a loss that he’s gone. I’ll never get over it.” She said a similar sentiment on Twitter, calling Prince a “genius, legend, inspiration, and friend.”
As previously reported, Prince died at just 57 years old and was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota. SO sad. “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time,” Prince’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed to HollywoodLife.com in an official statement.
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And while Prince’s cause of death has not been released yet, just six days before he passed, Prince’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois in the middle of the night. The singer was then rushed to an emergency room and released just three hours later, according to reports. At the time, his rep confirmed to TMZ that the singer had been suffering from the flu for “several weeks.”
HollywoodLifers, our hearts go out to Prince’s friends and family. Keep checking back at HollywoodLife.com for exclusive updates.