He wasn't exactly my type of music, but I did like a few of his songs a lot while growing up. Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, 1999, etc... A very, very talented musician.
I don't pay much mind to celebrities in general but this one stings. I remember when he came on the scene in the 70s and the first album of his I bought was Controversy a few years later. The Purple Rain soundtrack was a great album and I partied to plenty of his music when I was younger. Rest in peace, you talented little flake.
This is up there with David Bowie and Glenn Frey for me. 2016 has turned into a bad year to be a celebrity.