HIS death robbed the world of a true original: A pocket-sized virtuoso who broke musical rules and defied genres, apparently without breaking a sweat. President Obama called his death a “remarkable loss”, and revealed he listened to Purple Rain to “just to get warmed up” in the morning. The star was famously private, rarely giving interviews, and even serving non-disclosure agreements on former bandmates and collaborators. Since his death, however, fans have been afforded the occasional glimpse into his life – some funny, some enlightening, all of them elevating his status as a visionary, and a musical genius. Here are 12 things we’ve learned in the last 12 months. With songs like Erotic City and Sexy Dancer, Prince became known as a rampant sex machine – but he was also a devoutly religious vegan, who became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2003.

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