Friday 30 September 2016

Film-maker and long-time Prince collaborator Spike Lee holds Brooklyn street party for fans

Ryan Hooper

Published 22/04/2016 | 07:12

Prince fan Le'Asha Julius stands at a street party hosted by director Spike Lee called
Prince fan Le'Asha Julius stands 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 York, U.S. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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, U.S REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Prince fan Le'Asha Julius stands 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 York, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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 York, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Film-maker and long-time Prince collaborator Spike Lee helped lead the tributes to the Purple Rain singer with an impromptu street party in his New York borough.

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Around 1,000 people turned up to celebrate the life and times of the Purple Rain singer after writer and director Lee sent out an invite for people to share their grief upon news of Prince's death on Thursday.

People partied late into the night, forcing police to block off the Brooklyn street where revellers gathered.

In scenes reminiscent of the Brixton street party that marked the death of home-grown singer David Bowie in January, Prince fans wearing his signature colour purple sang songs and shared memories.

Several used the lights on their camera phones to illuminate the street as night fell on New York.

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