Legendary singer Prince has passed away at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota. As of right now, details are scarce, but police reportedly responded to an emergency around 9:30 a.m TMZ is reporting that Prince's body was found earlier this morning at his residence. The AP has since confirmed Prince's passing. A statement from Prince's reps can be read below.
“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.”
Last week, Prince was hospitalized after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois following a show in Atlanta. At the time, his team released a statement that he had been battling the flu, and he was later seen riding his bike around his neighborhood over the weekend. As of now, there's no word on the cause of death, though Prince had to cancel multiple shows recently due to health concerns. According to Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, when the police arrived at Prince's estate this morning, they found him unresponsive in an elevator and attempted to perform CPR.
Prince's contributions to the world go far beyond just his music, but his impact on the music world can't be understated in any way. His countless classic albums and songs over the years—1999, Purple Rain, Sign o' the Times, and many more—helped shape generations of music forever. The legendary singer brought an unmatched style and enthusiasm to everything he did, and also continually pushed the boundaries as an artist and challenged preconceived notions about not only music, but style, race, and sexuality.
Prince was dominant on the charts over the years, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart five times. During his career, Prince released 37 studio albums, with the last being HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, which were released in 2015. His hits over the years include "When Doves Cry," "Purple Rain," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," and countless others. We'll continue to update this story as more details are made available.
We weren't supposed to use phones at Prince in ATL last week, but I couldn't resist. Last performance of Purple Rain pic.twitter.com/6FjkJTksJO— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) April 21, 2016