(The Daily Advertiser) – After investigating a death in Paisley Park, Minnesota, the Associated Press finally confirmed that pop superstar Prince has died. His death is thought to be related to severe flu.
As with other popular musicians such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Prince has a concentration of Louisiana roots. In fact, all four of his grandparents were born there, according to the Huffington Post.
His once mostly Louisiana-based family eventually moved to Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Tennessee. His maternal grandfather, a Pullman porter named Frank Shaw, went north to Minnesota.
Within Louisiana, Prince has family connections in Claiborne, Webster, Bienville and Lincoln Parishes. More specifically, his roots are in the towns of Homer, Cotton Valley, Arcadia and Vienna.
Six of Prince’s eight great-grandparents were born into slavery, and one of his great-grandmothers was apparently the daughter of her one-time owner.
Read the full story about his roots here.