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Prince was an international icon, but there was perhaps no place he was loved more than in his home...

James Denton Talks Prince's Legacy in Minnesota Hometown: 'He's Just Really, Really Beloved Here'

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Prince was an international icon, but there was perhaps no place he was loved more than in his hometown of Chanhassen, Minnesota.

ET caught up with The Good Witch actor James Denton, who also resides in Chanhassen -- a small city 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis -- to talk about the legendary musician's presence in the neighborhood.

"Everyone loved him here, and it was home for him, so nobody bothered him," Denton told ET's Jennifer Peros exclusively on Saturday outside of Prince's memorial at his Paisley Park complex. "We'd see him riding his bicycle down to the strip mall. It was real funny -- a very normal guy."

"I was always a fan of his talent, but for my wife, growing up here, it's just been a tough week at our house, as it has for a lot of people," he added. "He's just really, really beloved here, and I think that says a lot about him."

Denton also talked about the musician's famous late night shows for the community at Paisley Park, Prince's creative home for 30 years.

"You'd see the lines out here, and then you would know he was playing that night, just for the neighborhood," he shared. "He had these epic late night concerts where he would go on at 2 a.m., and everybody would have pancakes. It was this crazy, real community thing. I think he charged like $10 for the pancakes."

The 53-year-old Devious Maids star said he respects Prince for choosing to stay in Minnesota even after achieving fame, noting that even though "he kind of transcended everything," stardom didn't seem to change who The Purple One was at his core. In fact, while Prince's legacy will live on despite his death at age 57, it's his presence in his Minnesota community that will especially be missed.

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