There will never be another Prince. The Purple One transcended music, style, and culture. He existed on a plane of his own—untouchable and unparalleled. When the rock icon died on April 21, 2016, he left behind a catalog that transformed music—much of which the world is yet to hear. We pay tribute to Prince with 40 photos of him through the decades defining cool.

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Fashion, Human, Fun, Cool, Photography, Black hair, Style, Fashion design,
Prince poses with Sheila E. (L) and Cat (R) during his Love Sexy ’88 Tour at Feijenoord Stadion in 1988 in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1988.
Performance, Entertainment, Performing arts, Music artist, Music, Concert, Song, Event, Singing, Stage,
Prince performs on stage during his Nude Tour in London in 1990.
Vehicle, Car, Automotive design, Headlamp, Luxury vehicle, Automotive lighting, Mid-size car, Classic car, Muscle, Night,
Prince plays his Lovesexy concert at Waldstadion Frankfurt on August 13, 1988 in Germany.
Suit, Formal wear, Snapshot, Fashion, Blazer, Outerwear, Tuxedo, Black-and-white, Fashion design, Uniform,
Sheila E and Prince arrive for a tour of Britain, July 25th 1988.
Photograph, Black-and-white, Headgear, Monochrome, Photography, Hat, Vintage clothing, Monochrome photography, Fashion accessory, Style,
In 1986, Prince arrives at London Gatwick Airport for the first leg of his Parade Tour.
Performance, Performance art, Dancer, Performing arts, Event, Stage, Magenta, Visual effect lighting,
Prince performs on the Hit N Run-Parade Tour, Wembley Arena, London, August 1986.
Suit, Formal wear, Purple, Event, Pantsuit, Performance, Magenta, Blazer, Tuxedo,
Prince attends the ASCAP Awards on May 28, 1986 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Blue, Performance, Light, Stage, Performing arts, Sky, Concert, Performance art, Event, Cloud,
Prince performs at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California.
Performance, Entertainment, Performing arts, Stage, Performance art, Purple, Concert, Event, Music, Public event,
Prince performs at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California.
Performance, Music artist, Singer, Singing, Music, Artist, Performing arts, Event, Musician, Stage,
Prince performs at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California.
White, Clothing, Fashion, Black-and-white, Fashion model, Outerwear, Fashion design, Monochrome photography, Leg, Model,
Fur clothing, Fur, Clothing, Fashion, Outerwear, Standing, Street fashion, Black-and-white, Textile, Leg,
Prince photographed in 1985.
Photograph, Barechested, Standing, Chest, Muscle, Black-and-white, Human body, Trunk, Abdomen, Photography,
Prince performs in 1985.
Performance, Singer, Singing,
Prince performs on the Purple Rain tour at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 26th, 1984.
Performance, Musician, Music, Entertainment, Guitar, String instrument, String instrument, Music artist, Musical instrument, Performing arts,
Prince performs at The Ritz during the Purple Rain Tour in 1984.
Performance, Musician, Entertainment, Guitar, Music artist, Performing arts, Music, Musical instrument, String instrument, Concert,
Prince performs at the First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis in 1983
White, Black, Photograph, Black-and-white, Monochrome, Monochrome photography, Wall, Standing, Snapshot, Photography,
Prince photographed in the Netherlands in 1981.
Musician, Performance, Guitar, Guitarist, Entertainment, Music, Performing arts, String instrument, Musical instrument, Plucked string instruments,
Prince performs in the 1970s
Musician, Music, Guitarist, Performance, Entertainment, String instrument, Musical instrument, Guitar, Concert, Performing arts,
Prince performs at The Ritz in New York.
Performance, Entertainment, Singing, Musician, Music, Performing arts, Music artist, Singer, Song, Event,
Prince performs on his Dirty Mind tour.
Musician, Guitarist, Musical instrument, Music, String instrument, Guitar, String instrument, Performance, Music artist, String instrument accessory,
Prince performs at Cobo Hall on December 20, 1980 in Detroit.
Suit, Formal wear, Fashion, Tuxedo, Black-and-white, Outerwear, Monochrome, Style,
Prince arrives to the TV show Solid Gold in 1983.