April 21: Purple rain hits hard as we lose Prince

April 21 — The purple rain fell a little heavier on this day in 2016 when we learned we’d lost Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson died of an overdose of fentanyl, the result of treatment for injuries and wear and tear from energetic stage performances. It was the end of an era for GenX’ers who’d grown up on his sexually charged music and lyrics, and partied to his timeless “1999” at some Millennial Party somewhere. Prince had put out several commercially successful albums within the final few years of his passing. But he’ll be known best to most GenX’ers for his sixth album, Purple Rain (1984), and for…