More than a year after the sudden death of the miltitalented musician, Shahidi is releasing some never-before-published photos of his friend in a new book.


Prince and Sheila E are photographed backstage on Prince’s “One Nite Alone Tour” in 2002.

Shahidi shared one photo that he took of Prince watching one of his own performances on a monitor, describing how Prince would watch each of his own performances and sometimes critique the work of his band as well.



Shahidi said that he eventually became very close to Prince, and that when his own daughter, Yara Shahidi, got one of her first roles as a child actor, Prince rented out a movie theater for them to watch her.


Shahidi said that Prince even supported Yara Shahidi after she landed her role in the hit ABC TV show “Black-ish.”


Afshin Shahidi said the news of his friend’s passing hit him hard, and he still remembers the moment he found out.


Prince is photographed in New York City in 2004

Prince is photographed in Beverly Hills in 2009.


“The day that … he passed away, I was at home, and I got a text from somebody saying, ‘There’s something going on at … at Paisley Park,’ and I turned on the news,” Afshin Shahidi said. “And you know, shortly thereafter, it was confirmed that … that it was Prince.”


Afshin Shahidi said that even after he stopped working for the musician in 2011, they maintained a close bond.


Afshin Shahidi is honoring his friendship with Prince and sharing some of his finest images and his favorite memories with the late singer in a new book “Prince: A Private View.”


Photo Credit: Afshin Shahidi

Reported & Edited by: Amy Wesley


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