Prince Defied Conventional Notions of Race and Gender - The New York Times
Not meaning to sound mean spirited; and not meaning to detract from the sadness felt by his fans; and perhaps showing my musical and cultural ignorance to an embarrassing degree: but I "grokked" Prince to an even lesser degree than Bowie.
Bowie in interviews could come across as a knowing performance artist who was witty and pretty normal beneath it all: I'm not sure that Prince ever seemed to be more than an embodied performance. (Not that there is anything necessarily wrong with that, people. You could say that about quite a few eccentric but talented artists. And, of course, it is not as if I - or many people, it seems - knows what he was like in private.)
I should stop writing now, as it's generally not wise to be going against the popular flow so soon after an artist's death.