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Prince Honored With MTV Marathon; Regular Programming Suspended

Prince Dead MTV Tribute

MTV is getting back to its roots to honor a fallen icon.

Following the death of Prince — the rock icon’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday — the network has paused its regularly scheduled programming to air some of his most memorable performances and music videos. (MTV originally planned to fill its afternoon with reruns of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.)

Purple Rain, Prince’s Oscar-nominated 1984 film, will air at 7:10/6:10c and 12:30 am.

“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time,” the network said in a statement. “Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans.”

UPDATE: VH1 is also honoring Prince with a marathon of programming. See the full schedule below:

THURSDAY, APRIL 21
5:30 pm Purple Rain8 pm Prince music videos
10 pm Purple Rain
12:30 am Prince music videos

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
12 pm Purple Rain
10:30 pm Purple Rain

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
9 am Purple Rain
4:30 pm Purple Rain

SUNDAY, APRIL 24
1 pm Purple Rain
9 pm Purple Rain

Do you have a favorite Prince performance, music video or TV moment? Drop it in a comment below.

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