Northern Ireland

Prince death: Purple tributes across Northern Ireland

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Image caption Street art tribute to Prince which has appeared in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter

Pop icon, Prince, was found dead at his Minnesota home on Thursday, but his fans in Northern Ireland have been quick to pay their respects.

He died suddenly aged 57, leaving behind a back catalogue spanning rock, pop, funk and jazz and millions of devoted admirers.

Purple street art in his memory has popped up in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter and in the window of an art gallery in Stranmillis.

Fans of Prince in the PSNI, Castlereagh, also posted their own creative salute to the pop icon on Facebook on Thursday night.

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Image caption Castleregh PSNI posted this image on Facebook
Image copyright Brian John Spencer
Image caption An impromptu portrait on the window of Canvas in Stranmillis

US rapper, Macklemore, celebrated the iconic musician during his performance at the SSE Arena.

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Media captionMacklemore pays tribute to Prince at Belfast gig. Video by Jonathan Moreland

He told fans on Thursday night that Prince was a "musical genius" and said he had taught him "it was all about the love".

There was no Purple Rain in Northern Ireland, but one Prince fan managed to snap purple skies over Belfast.

Brian Mullholland told BBC News NI he thought it was "quite appropriate" that the parma-violet sky covered the city on the night of the musician's death.

Image copyright Brian Mullholland
Image caption Purple skies over Belfast

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