***UPDATED at 4:21 P.M. on Thursday, April 21st***
Minneapolis, MN (ABC News) – Rock star Prince has died at age 57.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
The Carver County Sheriff’s Department told ABC News in a statement that sheriff’s deputies found the singer unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator inside his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. After first responders attempted CPR, Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
He was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, producer and actor was recognized as a musical genius, trend setter and advocate for artists’ rights. His indelible impact on pop music culture dates back to when he first surfaced in 1978 with his debut album “For You.”SLIDESHOW: Prince’s Life in Photos
The news comes days after a flight Prince was a passenger on had to make an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois. The singer was then rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated for the flu, his rep confirmed. He was released three hours later.
Prince had been battling the illness for weeks, his rep said.
The singer, who was on his “Piano and a Microphone” tour,” also had to cancel two shows earlier in the month due to the flu. The “Purple Rain” singer’s last performance was Thursday night in Atlanta.Prince Resting at Home After Being Hospitalized for FluPrince Releases Surprise Album, ‘HITNRUN Phase Two’Reclusive Musician Prince Rocks a Message of Peace to the City of Baltimore
Named after the Prince Roger Trio, a jazz band his father performed with, Prince was signed to Warner Brother Records as a teenager.
His early albums — 1979’s “Prince,” 1980’s “Dirty Mind” and 1981’s “Controversy” — built his core fan base while also creating controversial buzz due to their fusion of religious and sexual themes.
Combining rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, Prince was regarded as the pioneer of the Minneapolis sound. He also gained a reputation for being a staunch perfectionist.
The 1984 semi-autobiographical rock musical drama film “Purple Rain” — and its best-selling soundtrack — vaulted him into the pop stratosphere. The film won the now-defunct Best Original Song Score award at the Oscars and the album was his best-selling one, amassing sales of over 25 million copies.Prince’s Former Band Member Says World Doesn’t Know What They’ve Lost
During the 1980s, at the height of his popularity, Prince was most frequently compared to Michael Jackson, who was considered his fiercest music rival.
He collaborated with a wide array of music acts including Sheena Easton, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Madonna, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and his former lover Sheila E. Through the years — and a few name changes — Prince spun his musical magic into outfits such as The Time, the all-female Vanity 6, and The New Power Generation.
In 1993, a legal battle ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control of his musical output. During the intense lawsuit, he appeared in public with the word “slave” written on his cheek and started going by the name The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
With a singing style renowned for its versatility of reaching from the highest falsetto to the deepest baritone, Prince influenced an entire generation of artists. Today, you can hear remnants of his artistry in music by acts such as Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Miguel, and a few veterans too, such as Lenny Kravitz, Meshell Ndegeocello, D’Angelo and Maxwell.
Through the years, a host of music legends have performed his compositions, most notable are Khan’s cover of “I Feel for You,” MeLi’sa Morgan’s stirring rendition of “Do Me Baby” and Stephanie Mills’ take on “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?,” which Keys covered in 2001 and enjoyed chart success with. Blues and soul legend Millie Jackson released an audacious cover of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” as a lead single from her 1986 “An Imitation of Love” opus.
During the 1990s, Ginuwine launched his career with a clunky cover of “When Doves Cry,” TLC redid “Get It Up” for the “Poetic Justice” soundtrack, and Mariah Carey and Sisqo worked new wonders on his classic “The Beautiful Ones.”
In 2013, he collaborated with Ledisi on the funk track “Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone,” and with Janelle Monae for “Givin Em What They Love.”
Notoriously known as a recluse, Prince appeared as himself on a 2014 episode of the Fox comedy “New Girl.”
Through his career, Prince won seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Known as a touring draw, he wowed crowds at arenas worldwide and became infamous for secret concerts at intimate venues.
***POSTED at 1:07 P.M. on Thursday, April 21st***
Chanhassen, MN (AP) – Pop music superstar Prince has been found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office stated earlier today that they were investigating a death at the Paisley Park estate of Prince.
The artist, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, had previously had a medical emergency on April 15th that caused an emergency landing of his jet. His representatives stated that he was battling the flu.
The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.”
The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Wanna Be Your Lover” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.”
The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”WJBF contributed to this story.