Residents in the D.C. area paying tribute to the late legend, Prince

Residents in the D.C. area paying tribute to the late legend Prince (Tom Roussey/ ABC7)

Tonight folks gathered in downtown Silver Spring to share why they loved Prince so much.

"Not just a singer, but a true musician, played so many instruments, influenced so much of music outside of his own," Tiffany Graham-Golden of Burtonsville, Md. said.

Prince released his first album in 1978, but it was in the 80's that he became a superstar.

"I was just thinking of high school dances and fun with friends. A lot of memories come back when you hear his music," Silver Spring resident Lesley Croston said.

Prince was found dead this morning in his suburban Minneapolis home.

Sources tell ABC he'd been battling the flu.

He'd made headlines again and again over the years even changing his name to a symbol in 1993 due to a fight with his record label. He became Prince once again in 2000.

"The first time I met him, he just said, 'hey Donnie," Donnie Simpson told us.

Majic 102.3 radio host Donnie Simpson considered Prince a friend, and says he could be very shy off the stage.

"Prince was just all about his music, and there wasn't a whole lot to talk about. Put the record on, listen to it. I've said everything I need to say."

Tonight at 14th and U Streets a local DJ and some of his friends gathered some speakers and turn tables to honor the late legend.

The impromptu block party brought together the D.C. community this evening, and even seen dancing the crowd is an officer.

Everyone attending the party just wanted to do what Prince did and that was dance.