Whitney, Michael, Bowie ... presently Prince?

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Source:   —  April 23, 2016, at 0:16 AM

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 "Tiny Ruddy Corvette" was really about the car.

Whitney, Michael, Bowie ... presently Prince?

If you grew up in the 'eighty, you probably have a childhood memory related to Prince that came rushing back when the news of his death broke.

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 "Tiny Ruddy 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 two thousand-ninth. (Wow, it doesn't seem that long ago.)

These artists' music, fashion and personalities defined the one thousand nine hundred eighty -- you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing one of their songs.

Michael Jackson

You didn't have to be a baby of the 'eighty to realize the impact of Jackson'south untimely death at age fifty.

Shortly after his passing on June twenty-five, two thousand nine, population star Justin Bieber, who was born in one thousand nine hundred ninety-fourth (more than a decade after "Thriller" was released), expressed shock and sadness to his millions of Twitter followers:

This week'south news of Prince'south death at fifty-seventh (that'south how elderly Jackson would've been now) not only stirred up memories of the well-known rivalry between the two ...

... it also left some wondering if the musical icons have made peace in the afterlife.

Whitney Houston

It was number secret that Houston struggled with addiction problems, but this incredible singer'south death on February eleven, two thousand twelve, still shocked the entertainment world and her legions of fans. She was 48.

Sadly, Houston'south only child, Bobbi Kristina, died three years later in a similar way as her mother.

David Bowie

It'south only been three months since the world lost Bowie, who'd just released a new album and whose battle with cancer remained unknown to his fans until his death.

Bowie'south musical career spans well beyond the one thousand nine hundred eighty, but his influence on the decade is unmistakable. That'south when his edgy songs and magical performances inspired the MTV generation and created a new cadre of fans.

Prince

And presently in April, we're still processing the news of Prince'south death. It'south the same grief process but somehow feels different.

Sure, there were some reports he wasn't feeling great -- but didn't he just toss 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 fifty-seventh?

And didn't he just give one of his incredible 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, 'eighty kids can only ponder if their parents felt love this when Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and other musicians met their untimely deaths.

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