On Thursday afternoon, the world learned that Prince had died and collectively had a meltdown over the death of a musical legend. One man affected by the universally emotional moment was Matthew Patterson, a high school teacher in Georgia. A student filmed and tweeted his reaction, which was more or less the general population's response to hearing the bad news.
When my teacher found out Prince died pic.twitter.com/biNapKWJBU— wombman 🌬 (@shvrdae) April 21, 2016
Head-hanging: check. Blaring "Purple Rain"? check.
“It hit me like a ton of bricks," Patterson told the Daily News. “I’ve been listening to Prince since I was seven." Patterson had even seen Prince live. "The last time he was in Atlanta, he was at Philips Arena playing an acoustic guitar. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Who can captivate 20,000 people with one acoustic guitar?”
People responded on Twitter with sympathy.
@shvrdae that man is grieving as we all are who were born when Prince was huge!— D.Black™: Intl Phtog (@TheDBlack_Files) April 21, 2016
@shvrdae tell him everyone his (my) age feels him. Take care and thanks for sharing.— Caroline Vanderoef (@CAVandy) April 21, 2016
Pattersons' students, however, apparently couldn't quite appreciate the seismic event and he reportedly had to liken it to the demise of Kanye West or Beyoncé—both of which are blasphemous thoughts, that should immediately be scourged from the Earth.