ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Tuesday, June 7, 2016 to be "Prince Day" in Minnesota. Prince was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis and passed away on April 21, 2016 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. Prince would have been 58 on June 7.
"The proclamation issued today by Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith is meant to celebrate Prince's life and many contributions - not only in arts and culture, but also in his many acts of service to his fellow Minnesotans," the governor's office said.
Prince Day proclamation
The life of Prince has been celebrated worldwide since his death, but the most memorable tribute was a downtown Minneapolis block party and series of all-night dance parties at First Avenue.
"Prince was the Patron Saint of First Avenue," the club said in a statement the day he died. "He grew up on this stage, and then commanded it, and he united our city. It is difficult to put into words the impact his death will have on the entire music community, and the world. As the tragic news sinks in, our thoughts are with Prince's family, friends, and fans. We deeply mourn the loss of our friend, a true star. Rest in peace and power Prince."
Minnesotans clamored for a Prince Day proclamation after Gov. Dayton proclaimed Monday, May 23 to be "Beyonce Day" in Minnesota.