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Lenny Kravitz Mourns Friend & Mentor Prince: 'I Really Feel Like a Piece of Me Died'

Prince, Mayte and Lenny Kravitz
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Prince, Mayte and Lenny Kravitz photographed in London on June 9, 1999.

Lenny Kravitz and Prince's friendship goes back more than two decades, ever since the two musical legends met for the first time in 1990. So when Prince met his untimely death on April 21, Kravitz lost both a good friend and a musical influence, and is grieving the loss of both.

"I still haven't really recovered," Kravitz told Rolling Stone. "Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died."

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Kravitz continued: "I say that because of what he meant to me as an influence. I remember sitting in biology class in high school. I had a Sony Walkman and I'm listening to Dirty Mind. I'm listening to 'Head' and I'm studying Doctor Fink's synthesizer solo. I just remember sitting there and listening to it over and over. That record just opened up my imagination as to where I wanted to go. He looked like me. I could identity with him. I had this big imagination as to where I was gonna go, and it did not fit in a box. He was saying to me, 'You can do this. This is how I did it, and now you do it your way.' That meant a lot. He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too."

During his lifetime, Prince performed with Kravitz several times, both at Paisley Park and on several of Kravitz's tours. "Those were fun times," Kravitz said of his times jamming with Prince. "It was fun since we'd jump around to different instruments. I'd play drums and he'd play guitar and then I'd come and play guitar and he'd play bass or keyboards."

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Kravitz's interview with Rolling Stone serves as a eulogy of sorts, recalling some of the fondest memories the two musicians shared together. Though Kravitz is still in mourning, his interview with Rolling Stone celebrates a symbiotic musical partnership and friendship that will transcend life and death.

Read the full essay at Rolling Stone.