Prince has died aged 57.
According to a report by TMZ, since confirmed to Associated Press by the singer’s representatives, the musician’s body was found early this morning (April 21) at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Police were earlier reported to be investigating a fatality at the estate, though the identity of the deceased was not revealed.
Update 21.04.16, 20:40: Carver County Sheriff’s department have released a full statement, it reads:
“Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.”
A group of fans has since begun to gather in the rain outside Prince’s Paisley Park estate:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2016
The singer’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, has made the following statement: “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.”
The local sheriff has also confirmed the news, tweeting, “Prince Rogers Nelson (57) found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death.”
Prince Rogers Nelson (57) found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death. 802jk
— Carver County S.O. (@CarverSheriff) April 21, 2016
Recent reports claimed that the singer’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois on April 15 for health reasons. He later spent a short period of time in hospital there. The next day, he appeared in concert. Sources close to Prince said he was suffering a “bad bout of flu”.
He reportedly threw a public party at Paisley Park on Saturday (April 16), to celebrate the good weather and the support and love he had been shown since he was taken to hospital the previous day. Referring to the stories about his health, he told the crowd: “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, the singer went on to release 39 studio albums over a music career that lasted nearly 40 years. He rose to world fame in 1982 with the release of fifth album ‘1999’, and achieved worldwide success with his sixth, 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’, which was certified platinum in countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland and France.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, with the following tribute: “He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties. Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”
Last year he released two albums, ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’. He was recently reported to be in the middle of writing his memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones’.