BREAKING: Singer Prince dies at age 57

The artist was found inside his suburban Minneapolis home.

(Photo: AP)

Iconic singer, songwriter and the artist known as Prince has been found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home.  He was 57.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a body had been found at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.  Paramedics had been called at around 9:43 am local time according to local reports.

No cause of death has been released. Prince’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schur.  “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," Noel-Schur said.  "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”

Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the world famous singer was hospitalized last week with flu like symptoms.  According to TMZ, he fell ill on-board his private plane and was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois.  He was returning home from performing at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  He originally postponed these concerts from the week prior due to the flu.  

On April 17th, the icon performed at Pasley Park, where he assured his fans that all was well.  “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,” he told the crowd.  

Prince’s various hits, Purple Rain, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Let’s Go Crazy, combined R&B, soul and hip-hop to create a unique fusion sound.  In a 40-year career, he sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ora Media, LLC, its affiliates, or its employees.

Continue the Discussion