Legendary Musician Prince Dead at Age 57
Pop icon Prince has died at age 57 at his estate in Minnesota.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed the legendary musician was found dead at his home in Chanhassen on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time," Noel-Schure said in an official statement.
Prince had reportedly been battling a bad bout of flu.
He was rushed to a hospital early Friday morning last week after his jet made an emergency landing in Illinois, TMZ reported.
A day later, however, Prince gave an impromptu performance at Paisley Park "to demonstrate that reports of his dire health were greatly exaggerated."
The multi-instrumentalist became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album "1999."
He went on to churn out dozens of hits like like "When Doves Cry," "Kiss," "Cream" and "Purple Rain," racking up seven Grammys in the process and becoming a household name.
He performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest live performances of all time.
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for "Purple Rain" in 1985.
When he was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2004, he was hailed as a musical and social trailblazer.
"He rewrote the rule book, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties," reads the Hall's dedication. "Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative."
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