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LeBron James on Prince’s death: ‘We’re losing a lot of our heroes’

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LeBron James weighed in on the surprising death of iconic musician Prince before Friday’s Cleveland Cavaliers shootaround, and the superstar, who calls himself a big fan, discussed the legend’s devastating and untimely passing on Thursday at the age of 57.

“I just think we’re losing a lot of our heroes a lot earlier than expected,” James said Friday morning ahead of Cleveland’s Game 3 showdown with the Detroit Pistons, via cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “As an artist and what he did for music and for people’s lives, like my mother and the people who grew up around that era, he was special.

“My condolences out to his whole family and it’s just a sad situation yesterday to see someone so talented gone so soon.”

Despite being born the same year as “Purple Rain” was released — 1984 — James counts himself a big fan of the Prince’s rock opera.

“He’s someone that I always listen to for sure,” he said. “‘Purple Rain’ is obviously one of my favorite movies, which is funny, I love that movie. I watch it a lot. Any time it’s on television, I always catch it.”

James is such a huge Prince fan that last year he hosted a Halloween party during which he not only came as Prince, he “performed” some of his songs onstage.

Prince has been the subject of countless tributes from prominent members of the sports world since the announcement of his death. Expect that to continue as the world at-large comes to terms with the realization we have lost an incredibly unique, supremely talented and wholly original artist well before his time.