Russell Simmons on Prince: "I came to love him"

"I thought he was one of the sweetest people that I've ever met," he tells Larry Wilmore

Brendan Gauthier
April 22, 2016 3:39PM (UTC)

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons joined "Nightly Show" host Larry Wilmore's panel to discuss the untimely passing of music legend Prince.

"I thought he was one of the sweetest people that I've ever met," Simmons said. "Every time I met him, he was really nice to me. He was very sweet to all the fans that approached him."


Simmons explained that he didn't have a personal relationship with Prince -- in fact, Def Jam's rebellious oeuvre was fundamentally at odds with the pop stars of the '80s -- so he couldn't offer a more specific anecdote, but said, "I look back now and I have such appreciation for him."

"He broke a lot of barriers. He did a lot of alternative, interesting and fun things. A lot of people in the community loved him," Simmons continued. "And I came to love him."

Watch the panel's tribute below:

Brendan Gauthier

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