Louisville reacts to Prince's death

Louisville reacts to Prince's death
Gary Hirsch (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Gary Hirsch (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jerry Green (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jerry Green (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Raina Coffee and Demi Handley (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Raina Coffee and Demi Handley (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While the death of Prince shocked the world, several in WAVE Country payed special tribute to the late musical legend.
 
Super Fan Gary Hirsch's love for Prince began at Freedom Hall in 1981. He said the music legend knew him by name.
 
"He goes, 'I know that cat' and he handed me his guitar," Hirsch said. "Of course, the stage manager went and took the guitar back, but it was a very special show for me."
 
Hirsch's Prince memorabilia doesn't run short, from a replica Purple Rain guitar to several fan passes, he's grateful for the memories. He admits that the loss of Prince hasn't completely hit him yet.

"There are a lot of people that don't know what they lost, but they will find out," Hirsch said. "The younger people will and the older people that are not in my age group," he added.
 
Young musicians with Louisville Leopard Percussionist said they do know what the world lost today.
 
"We both started crying like really bad," Raina Coffee said.
 
"I had to get my tissues out of my purse," Demi Handley said.
 
Both Coffee and Handley are inspired by Prince's drummer, Louisville Leopard Alumni Hannah Welton, which led these young musicians to Prince's Louisville show in 2015.
 
For decades, another Louisville legend has been known to cover Prince in his own club.
 
"I'm just heartbroken," entertainer Jerry Green said. "I'm just devastated, you know, just like everyone else."
 
Green wore his purple jacket Thursday evening, in honor of the late musical legend. He hopes the younger generation doesn't let Prince fade away.
 
"His legacy and his roots go so far and deep that the younger generation has to follow him because he has the credibility to capture the world as far as the music is concerned," he said. "He was just unbelievable, unfounded."
 
A dance party, in honor of Prince, was hosted by Butchertown Grocery Store Thursday night.
 
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