Prince Is No Longer an ‘Overrated Midget’ in Keith Richards’ Eyes, Apparently

Rolling Stones guitarist heaps praise on deceased music legend after trashing him in memoir

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What a difference a death makes.

A day after the death of music legend Prince at age 57, Keith Richards took to Twitter to reflect on the “Purple Rain” musician’s legacy. And for once, Richards had nice things to say about a colleague.

“A unique talent. A true original. So sad, so sudden and, I will add, a great guitar player,” Richards wrote.”We are all going to miss him.”

A nice sentiment — and a far cry from Richards’ previous assessment. Specifically, in his 2010 memoir “Life,” Richards dismissed Prince as an “overrated midget.”

It seems that the “When Doves Cry” singer’s stature has grown in Richards’ estimation, since passing away in his Minneapolis home on Thursday morning. Then again, it did take Richards an entire day to write the Twitter tribute.

Richards’ Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger weighed in on Prince’s death on Thursday, calling him “one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years,” as well as “an original lyricist and a startling guitar player.”

During a press conference Friday, authorities said that Prince’s body showed no signs of trauma, and that his death was unlikely to be a suicide.