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Bay Area Fans Mourn Loss of Music Legend Prince

One of Prince's last shows took place at Oracle Arena in front of a crowd of 17,000 screaming fans in March.

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    Prince attended a Warriors game in March and sat down next to team owner Joe Lacob. (Published Friday, April 22, 2016)

    Fans are mourning the loss of music legend Prince, who was pronounced dead Thursday at his legendary recording studio in his hometown of Minnesota. He was 57.

    Prince's impact on pop culture transcended generations. He also left a musical impact in the Bay Area.

    "He was a genius at what he did," said Wanda Felix, a Prince fan from San Francisco.

    Reality is sinking in for Tamier Powell, who recently saw Prince perform at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

    "The thought that's not going to happen again breaks my heart," Powell said. "It really does."

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    Oakland-native and platinum-selling artist Dwayne Wiggins once shared the stage with Prince as a member of the popular R&B group Tony Toni Tone. Wiggins said he was inspired by Prince and cannot believe he is gone.

    "I broke into tears because I understood that this gentleman did it for the stone cold love," Wiggins said.

    One of Prince's last shows took place at Oracle Arena in front of a crowd of 17,000 screaming fans in March. The arena in Oakland will be illuminated in purple through next week.

    Purple was the color often associated with the music legend. San Francisco City Hall was also lit in purple late Thursday to honor Prince.

    Fans said Prince's legacy will live on.

    "Because he's a true visionary. He's a true musician. He's a true artist. He's like a Mozart," Wiggins said.

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