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Jimmy Fallon recounts 'mysterious' ping-pong game with Prince

By Marilyn Malara
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Jimmy Fallon recounts 'mysterious' ping-pong game with Prince
Prince acknowledges the audience as he accepts the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 27, 2010. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- Jimmy Fallon recounted a peculiar experience with Prince, in which the late "Purple Rain" singer challenged him to a game of ping-pong.

Speaking on The Tonight Show Monday night, Fallon remembered Prince's "mysterious" aura and out-of-the-ordinary requests.

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"This is a true story, but it's perfect. Prince is one of these guys, he's an icon, he's legendary, and he's very mysterious. There's so much mystique around this," Fallon began.

"His people call up and they say, 'Prince really wants to play ping-pong against Jimmy' ... and they call back and say 'He wants to play ping-pong, but not on camera,'" Fallon said, explaining several days after his appearance on the show Prince wanted to meet him at a local ping-pong club owned by Susan Sarandon.

"I go, I'm at dinner, and I go, 'I gotta go. Prince just challenged me to a game of ping-pong,'" Fallon continued.

Prince ultimately wins the game against Fallon and disappears without a trace within seconds after the final hit. Fallon said he searched for Prince but couldn't find him, and Quest Love added it was because the famed "Raspberry Beret" singer was already in the car.

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"So then that's when I arrive, I came late right, and then Grey Poupon-style, like he was in the car at the red light," Love said. "I run up to the car like, 'Wait up! Wait up!' window's coming down Grey Poupon-style, I say 'What happened?' He says, 'Ask your boy.'"

Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park Studios last Thursday. He was 57 years old. A memorial was held for him at his Minneapolis home Saturday and his body was cremated.

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