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Monday, April 25, 2016

Statement by Robert L. Johnson on the Death of Prince

Robert L. Johnson

West Palm Beach, FL — Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television, recently released the following statement:

“As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death. The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performer, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.”

“I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible music imprint on the world of music.”

“Purple Rain is falling all over the world today!”


About The RLJ Companies:
The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel real estate investment trust, private equity, financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information visit www.rljcompanies.com


Traci Otey Blunt