After pop legend Prince's sudden death, fans from across the world have unified to show respect and gratitude. In the days following his passing, there's been much speculation as to what could have led to the 57-year-old's severe health problems; some want explicit answers, while others continue to grieve simply for the loss of a spirit with whom they felt deeply connected.
One such individual is Jennifer Hudson, a finalist in American Idol season 3 who has gone on to become both a Grammy- and Academy Award-winning star.
Presently on Broadway, Hudson used her platform as leading lady Shug Avery on The Color Purple to honor Prince in her own way:
"I did not expect to have to speak tonight, but God has his way," she said. "As we all know, today we lost a legend. Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine, Prince, who was dear to all of us."
Remembering an event that Prince himself had invited she and her fellow cast members to attend, Hudson painted the audience a picture of someone who will never truly die:
"We were honored to be in his presence one last time and we got to have that moment. He said his music will live on and he will live through his music, so we want to keep him alive today with this song," Hudson said as the cast transitioned into their own powerful rendition of "Purple Rain."