Losing our Legends, Missing these musical Icons.
Description: Growing up in the 80s, you probably have a childhood memory related to Prince that came rushing back when the news of his death broke.Peg has 347 Points
Maybe it was a moment at a Prince concert, or seeing his wild music videos for the first time on MTV, or how you once thought his song Little Red Corvette was really about the car.
Then you may have realized not too long ago, you were flooded with similar emotions about David Bowie ... Whitney Houston a few years earlier ... and Michael Jackson in 2009. (Wow, it doesn't seem that long ago.) These artists' music, style and personalities defined the 1980s -- you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing one of their songs.
Known for his dance moves, Jackson is seen here jumping while performing during the Dangerous tour in 1992. Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at age 50 on June 25, 2009, sending shockwaves around the world. Look back at photos from his illustrious career. the impact of Jackson's untimely death at age 50.
On February 11, 2012, singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills, California, hotel. The Los Angeles County coroner later ruled that the 48-year-olds death was an accidental drowning with the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. Houston won six Grammys and sold 170 million albums, singles and videos over her career.
It was no secret that Houston struggled with addiction problems, but this amazing singer's death on February 11, 2012, still shocked the entertainment world and her legions of fans. She was 48.
Sadly, Houston's only child, Bobbi Kristina, died three years later in a similar way as her mother.
Bowie appears on the movie poster for the 1986 film Labyrinth, for which he wrote the music and played the role of the Goblin King. It's only been three months since the world lost Bowie, who had just released a new album and whose battle with cancer remained unknown to his fans until his death. Bowie's musical career spans well beyond the 1980s, but his influence on the decade is unmistakable. That's when his edgy songs and magical performances inspired the MTV generation and created a new cadre of fans.
As dozens of singers perform We Are The World on the 10th anniversary of the African famine relief anthem, the artist formerly known as Prince stands sucking on a lollipop next to Quincy Jones at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles in 1995.
He left his imprint on many aspects of popular culture, from film to movies to sports to politics. As the Minnesota Vikings prepped to take on the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFC championship game, Prince wrote a fight song entitled Purple and Gold to inspire his home team. The Vikings lost. He was the half-time performer at the Super Bowl in 2007 in Miami Gardens, Florida, seen here.
And now in April, we are still processing the news of Prince's death. It's the same grief process but somehow feels different.
Sure, there were some reports he wasn't feeling great -- but didn't he just throw an all-night dance party and then ride around town on his bike? Didn't he recently release a passport photo on Twitter showing how awesome he looked at 57?
And didn't he just give one of his amazing performances in Atlanta a week before his death?
As the reports swirl about how Prince died, and his songs flood the radio and MTV airwaves once again, 80s kids can only wonder if their parents felt like this when Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and other musicians met their untimely deaths.