Prince fans have gathered together across the US to remember the innovative music pioneer, who died on 21 April at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota, after being found unresponsive in an elevator. He was 57.

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A makeshift memorial at Harlem's Apollo Theater where fans gathered to remember the starAndrew Kelly/ Reuters

Born Prince Rogers Nelson on 7 June 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota it is said that the pop star wrote his first song at the age of seven. This led him to become one of the world's most iconic musicians, known for his genre-defying music, which included hits Kiss and Purple Rain. He had the ability to blend a combination of all kinds of genres from funk, jazz, r'n'b and disco to form a unique musical sound which led to him receiving seven Grammys and an Oscar.

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People attend a candlelight vigil for pop music icon Prince at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, CaliforniaRobyn Beck/ AFP
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Jennifer Matthews, 52, holds a poster of Prince at a vigil to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLucy Nicholson/ Reuters
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A woman dances during a candle light vigil in remembrance to Prince outside the Warner Theatre in Washington, DCAndrew Caballero- Reynolds/ AFP
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Julya Baer, 30, (R) and other fans sing Purple Rain at a vigil to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLucy Nicholson/ Reuters

In Brooklyn, NYC a street party to commemorate the electrifying pop star was organised by film director Spike Lee. Calling the tribute PRINCE We Love You Shockadelica Joint the party saw a crowd of hundreds of dancing people wearing purple, celebrating the life and music of the deceased pop star.

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People dance at a street party hosted by director Spike Lee called PRINCE We Love You Shockadelica Joint to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkAndrew Kelly/ Reuters
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Director Spike Lee dances at a street party he hosted called PRINCE We Love You Shockadelica Joint to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in the Brooklyn borough of New York, USAAndrew Kelly/ Reuters

"It hurt because that's a lost soul, that's music, I mean he had the soul man, I mean he had a way of wooing you, I was just listening to that guitar part, he has a way with that passion, with that music of making you feel it, and he don't stop until you feel it," Anthony Sheriff, who had come to pay tribute to Prince at a memorial in Los Angeles, told Reuters.

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Teia Buroton, left, a Paisley Park volunteer, and another woman embrace outside the fences surrounding Paisley Park in MinnesotaStephen Maturen/ Getty Images
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Fans pay their respects outside the Paisley Park residential compound of music legend Prince in Minneapolis, MinnesotaMark Ralston/ AFP
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People attend a candlelit vigil to celebrate the life of pop music icon Prince at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, CaliforniaRobyn Beck/ AFP
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People dance in the street to the of Prince, at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California where fans gathered to celebrate and remember the pop music icon's lifeRobyn Beck/ AFP
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The Fremont Street Experience pays tribute to recording artist Prince with a photo retrospective on the attraction's Viva Vision screen while playing his music early in Las Vegas, NevadEthan Miller/ Getty Images
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People dance during a candlelit vigil in remembrance to Prince outside the Warner Theatre in Washington, DCAndrew Caballero- Reynolds/ AFP
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A Hollywood Walk of fame star with a graffiti of musician Prince  on Hollywood Boulevard Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images
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Christy Bergmon writes a message at a makeshift memorial dedicated to musician Prince at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CaliforniaFrederic J. Brown/ AFP
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Candles lit in remembrance to Prince are seen around his star outside the Warner Theatre in Washington, DCAndrew Caballero- Reynolds/ AFP
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People attend a candlelit vigil for pop music icon Prince at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, CaliforniaRobyn Beck/ AFP

Los Angeles City Hall was illuminated purple in memory of the Purple Rain star. Other buildings and monuments followed suit, including the entrance to the Paisley Park residential complex – Prince's home – and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Los Angeles City Hall is lit up in purple in memory of musician PrinceKevork Djansezian/ Getty Images
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People buy Prince T-shirts at a vigil to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in Los Angeles, California
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People dance at a vigil to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLucy Nicholson/ Reuters
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Kenneth Beavers, 49, displays a Prince tattoo at a vigil to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLucy Nicholson/ Reuters
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OhioDuane Prokop/ Getty Images
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A woman lights candles in remembrance to Prince around his star outside the Warner Theatre in Washington, DCAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/ AFP
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A sign in remembrance to Prince is seen outside the Warner Theatre in Washington, DCAndrew Caballero- Reynolds/ AFP
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A mural featuring an image of Prince that was created by Chris Brown as a tribute to his influences is placed in the lobby of Grammy museum in Los Angeles, CaliforniaKevork Djansezian/ Getty Images
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People gather outside the Apollo Theater to listen to music by Prince in New YorkDon Emmert/ AFP
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People walk past a Rest In Peace message for singer Prince, on an electronic board at the Hard Rock Cafe in New YorkJewel Samad/ AFP
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Sharron Owens (R) dances with a friend to a song by Prince during a gathering in Leimert Park in memory of musician Prince in Los Angeles, CaliforniaKevork Djansezian/ Getty Images

An all-night party was held at The First Avenue club, in Minneapolis where "Purple Rain" was filmed, projecting images of Prince on a large screen throughout the night.

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Guests dance to Prince music as a slide show flashes images of the artist above the stage during a memorial dance party at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, MinnesotaGetty Images
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Guests dance to Prince music as a slide show flashes images of the artist above the stage during a memorial dance party at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, MinnesotaGetty Images

Selling more than 100 million records, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and his most recent album, HITnRUN: Phase Two was released in December 2015. In a 1998 interview with Reuters, Prince said he ignored critics and focused on a quest for great music. "I just do what I feel I'm supposed to do," he said.

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Prince performing at the Zenith in Paris, 1986Getty Images