Spike Lee Throws Dance Party Ahead of Prince's Birthday

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The filmmaker once again invited fans via Instagram to a block party to honor what would have been the artist's 58th birthday.

NEW YORK (AP) — The dress code was purple, getting down was a requirement and plenty of people obliged as Prince was celebrated at a Spike Lee party ahead of what would have been the late legend's 58th birthday.

The filmmaker, who was a friend of the late recording artist, threw the Saturday party in Brooklyn. The event featured giveaways of purple hats and posters, and there were performances planned throughout the day. At its start, a couple hundred people braved the hot sun to listen to such Prince hits as "Alphabet Street and "Erotic City," and the event was due to last for six hours.

This is not the first celebration Lee has thrown for Prince: When he died on April 21, hundreds of people showed up for an impromptu dance party on a Brooklyn block.

Lee also has held a similar celebration in honor of Michael Jackson in the years since his 2009 death.

An autopsy revealed last week that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.


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