Lenny Kravitz On His Mentor, Prince: "A Piece Of Me Died"

Lenny Kravitz On His Mentor, Prince: "A Piece Of Me Died"

RIP Prince.

Published April 28, 2016

Prince’s death has affected everyone. Fans have been pretty distraught since learning the news, but it’s perhaps been a little harder on those who knew him best.

Lenny Kravitz is one of those people and through recently penning a letter in Rolling Stone, he remembered his fallen friend and described the news of his death as a knockout.

“I saw him so much, in and out, that I can't remember the last time we spoke,” he wrote in the letter. “I heard about the plane landing the other week. And I knew what it was. I thought, 'Okay, he dodged a bullet. Close call, but it's a one-off and we move on.' And then a week later, I got the news. It knocked me really out."

Kravitz also continued by saying he hasn’t recovered from the loss and probably never will.

“I still haven't really recovered," he relayed. "Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died. I say that because of what he meant to me as an influence. I remember sitting in biology class in high school. I had a Sony Walkman and I'm listening to 'Dirty Mind'. I just remember sitting there and listening to it over and over. That record just opened up my imagination as to where I wanted to go. He looked like me. I could identity with him. He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”

Prince passed away a week ago today (April 21) at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota. He was hospitalized last Friday (April 15) after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. He had been fighting the flu, however things seemed to be looking upward as he threw a party at his estate just a day after returning home from the hospital. He was 57 years old.

BET.com is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Brian Rasic/Getty Images, Mike Windle/Getty Images)


Latest in music