Prince’s death is still being felt through the music industry and by his fans around the world. The “Purple Rain” singer even had a life-changing affect on a fellow musician, Frank Ocean by helping him come to terms with his own sexuality.
“I’m not even gonna say rest in peace because it’s bigger than death,” Ocean wrote in a personal post on his Tumblr. While Ocean never saw Prince live in concert, and was too nervous to speak to him the only time he saw him in person, he was still deeply affected by the performer.
“He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots,” said Ocean. “He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity, etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration – his denial of the prevailing model.”
Ocean finished his Tumblr post by proclaiming his lifelong love for Prince and thankful for all he did for him, even if it was from a distance. ‘A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I’m proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life.’