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California Senate offers playful, purple tribute to Prince

Isadore Hall honors Prince on California Senate floor

Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, adjourned in memory of music legend Prince at the end of the Senate session on Thursday.
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Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, adjourned in memory of music legend Prince at the end of the Senate session on Thursday.

It had been one hour and 21 days since the California Senate was shaken from an otherwise standard morning floor session by the breaking news of Prince’s death.

At their desks in the Capitol, lawmakers first read the reports on April 21 of the music legend’s passing at the age of 57 from a possible prescription drug overdose – passed between them on phones in shock and sadness.

It was there again that they bid farewell Thursday, with an adjournment in his memory led by Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton.

“Prince helped to define American art and the culture in a way few others have in our history,” Hall said, before launching into a tribute 4 him laced with references to classic hits like “Raspberry Beret” and “Diamonds and Pearls.”

“You didn’t have to ride in a little red corvette to know that his music had a profound impact on the fans around the world,” Hall said. “An umbrella wouldn’t help you when his purple rain fell down from the sky upon us.”

After the eulogy, Hall was joined for a picture by colleagues sporting purple ties, jackets, scarves and dresses.

“Fortunately, some of us have staff members with purple outfits that they were willing to share as well,” said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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