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2008 Essence Music Festival Presented By Coca-Cola - Day 3

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A year after Prince’s death, his old friend Morris Day remembers a legend, a mentor and an enigma. The Time singer, who was made famous by playing Prince’s musical rival in the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” first started playing music with Prince when they were teenagers, but even he was shocked to learn that his contemporary had been struggling with drug issues before being found dead in his Minneapolis estate.

He had always been such a wholesome guy, he never even allowed pepperoni pizza in Paisley Park,” said Day, whose new song “Over That Rainbow” comes out on Friday and pays homage to Prince. “So it caught me way off guard. There was some suffering going on there that he wasn’t sharing with anyone else.


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