Legendary, iconic hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince, 57, died Thursday morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, his publicist confirmed.
“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,” the pop star’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
The cause of death has not been confirmed, but last week, Prince had been on a flight home from Atlanta when his pilot was forced to make an emergency landing to take Prince to the hospital. At the time, a representative said he had the flu.
What was the first Prince song you remember ever hearing?
As an artist, musician, businessman…Prince was all about breaking down barriers. His fusion of musical styles was ground-breaking. His virtual-only releases to break the strongarm of the recording industry was amazing — even going so far as to give up his name for years in order to get out of a record contract. He was rebel to the core!
Prince’s influence on modern pop music cannot be overstated. His incredible run from the late ’70s through the ’90s, including albums such as Purple Rain, 1999, Dirty Mind, Sign O’ the Times, Controversy, Lovesexy, and Diamonds and Pearls, was nearly unparalleled in its combination of diversity, popularity, and innovation. He starred in Purple Rain, a 1984 movie incorporating music from the album of the same name, which is widely revered as one of the great musicals.
In 1993, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. Subsequently, he began warring with his label, Warner Bros., over creative control—a fight that lasted the length of the decade. In 2000, he changed his name back to Prince. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007.
Prince’s most recent albums were 2015’s HITNRUN Phase One and Two. His final concert was last Thursday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour. His memoir, The Beautiful Ones, is scheduled for release next fall.
Today we want to remember his legacy which one of the best ever songs ever written ‘When doves cry‘