Prince was not a vegan.
Not necessarily. His personal chef says he hewed more closely to vegetarianism, in addition to being a somewhat particular eater (no mushrooms, no onions, no feta cheese).
But he did support PETA and their quest to end the suffering of animals. He refused to wear leather or wool and in 2006 was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity.
In 1999, he recorded and donated a song to the organization. In the animal-loving anthem, "Animal Kingdom," he talks about giving up meat, fish, and dairy, the core tenets of veganism. And though few Prince lyrics give us as much pain as "Don’t give me no blue cheese," it's hard not to admire his perspective on the value of life, human or otherwise. (Seriously though, give us all the blue cheese. All of it.)
Here's the chorus:
No member of the animal kingdom nurses past maturity
No member of the animal kingdom ever did a thing 2 me
It’s why I don’t eat red meat or white fish
Don’t give me no blue cheese
We’re all members of the animal kingdom
Leave your brothers and sisters in the sea
We know at least one Minnesotan who will be jamming out to it.