Rock star, Prince dies at 57

The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.

Police were called to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park estate earlier on Thursday.

An investigation is now under way.

Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times.

His innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz, and selling more than 100 million records during his career.

A spokeswoman for the musician said, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died.

There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”

Born in 1958, Prince was a prolific writer and performer from a young age, reportedly writing his first song when he was seven.

A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.

He also wrote music for several artists, with Sinead O’Connor’s version of Nothing Compares 2U becoming a worldwide smash in 1990.

In 1984, he won an Oscar for the score to Purple Rain, a film he also starred in.prince-vanity

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Throughout his career he had a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.

In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he “rewrote the rulebook.”

A musical prodigy from a broken home, Prince famously wrote, arranged, produced and played almost all of his hit records.

But the Purple man’s purple patch really came with his first band The Revolution.

With them by his side, he wrote more than two dozen rock classics in a five-year flurry.

Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Raspberry Beret, When Doves Cry, Kiss.

In the studio, he was unstoppable. But the magic really happened on stage. He would vamp, preen and tease an audience into frenzy, then slay them with a quiet moment of crystalline beauty. He was a joy to watch.

Prince’s latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.

On April 15, he was taken to hospital hours after performing on stage, but was soon released. At the time he reassured fans he was feeling much better and was resting at home.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media and fans have been gathering at Paisley Park.

 

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