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Women’s basketball community mourns loss of music icon Prince, Timberwolves and Lynx issue statement

Published on April 21, 2016


Music legend and cultural icon Prince died at the age of 57 on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at his Paisley Park recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Women’s basketball fans, players and coaches shared their grief on social media after hearing of his death.

Prince, a fan of the Minnesota Lynx,  threw a party for the team that lasted for three hours at Paisley Park after they won the 2015 WNBA Championship last October. He was in attendance with a franchise-record 18,933 fans when the Lynx defeated the Indiana Fever to end the five-game Finals series.

The Lynx and NBA Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor issued a statement on the passing of Prince:

“Today we lost a local icon, legend and musical innovator. Prince represented Minnesota with grace, passion and a hunger for helping others. Over the years be became a huge Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx fan, attending numerous games and even treating our Lynx players and staff with a private concert at Paisley Park after winning the WNBA Championship this past fall. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy, especially the Prince family.”

This post is part of the thread: 2016 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


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