Singer, songwriter, and musician Prince died earlier today (April 21, 2016) at his Paisley Park home and studio in Minneapolis, according to his publicist the Associated Press reported.
Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was considered one of music’s most iconic, prolific artists.
No details were immediately released as to the cause of death.
The 57-year-old pop star was hospitalized last week after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois. His representatives said he had been battling a bad case of the flu and he was released a few hours later.
The singer appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay, TMZ reported.
Over the decades, Prince employed his considerable talent and combined many musical styles to produce his original and memorable music. His debut album in 1978 kicked off his LP career, which included hit albums such as 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman, among others.
Purple Rain, released in 1984, was his first No. 1 album on the Billboard chart. The album (and film of the same name) earned him two Grammys, and Oscar and a victory over Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards.
Over his career, Prince sold over 100 million albums. He was also a prolific song writer and producer, collaborating with many artists throughout his career.
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. At the event, he performed a legendary version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.
Widely acclaimed as one of the most creative musicians of his era, his passing will be mourned by his fans and peers alike.