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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter was lit in purple Thursday in memory of musical icon Prince, who died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

The last San Diego performances by Prince -- born Prince Rogers Nelson -- took place at the hotel in 2013, giving fans an intimate view of the master showman.

"The energy was palpable, we were so excited when he got on stage and when he performed his set," said Rana Kay, the hotel's public relations director.

"If you've ever seen Prince, he's a very energetic performer -- he's spectacular at playing the guitar and he has this magnetism," Kay said. "You hear about it, but seeing it live, he's just commanding the room -- truly amazing."

The hotel piped Prince's music into the lobby and will light up the outside in purple tonight, the station reported.

Another area music venue, the House of Blues, wrote  "Prince - A legend. You will be missed."

There was no immediate word on a cause of death, although he had recently been hospitalized with the flu, prompting him to cancel a pair of performances.

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