Queen City Fans Rush for Prince Albums

Charlotte fans mourn Prince's death

CHARLOTTE, NC — Prince was found dead in his home Thursday morning. He was 57-years-old.

“He was his own person he played by his own rules,” said Drea Jackson.

Inside Lunchbox Records in Plaza Midwood, fans cleared out the last Prince albums for sale.

“I know that they’re going to be extinct,” said Jackson.

The seven-time Grammy winner hit it big in the 80’s, first known as Prince.

“I wanted to make a change and move to a new plateau in my life,” Prince told Larry King in 1999.

He changed his name to this symbol to break away from a record label.

“It sort of divorced me from the past and all the hang ups that go with it,” Prince told

It’s a past Charlotte fans say built the legend.

Musician Cameron “Gersh” Godwin’s band, Swim in the Wild, plays around the state, inspired by the multi-instrumental artist.

“Music isn’t just what you hear, but it’s what you see,” said Godwin. “When you’re sitting there watching someone like him perform, it engrosses you in that, and you can’t look away.”

Famous Charlotte saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield toured with Prince, writing on Facebook: “i just need some time 2 myself…
i appreciate ur concerns.”

Video captured a standing ovation at Prince’s last concert in Atlanta.

Nancy Laster remembers that scene at his last Charlotte show.

“It was awesome!” said Laster. “Yes! Yes! I was like this is the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen my life!”

She and Jackson are two fans that were at Prince’s first autograph signing in Charlotte in the 80s.

Yeah! the first black radio station. Just to be able to get an autograph from him,” said Laster. “He’s a legend in a lot of peoples minds.”