Just less than a week after his release from hospital following an emergency visit to the ER department, the greatly popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.
US media reports state that police were called to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park estate earlier today, Thursday 21 April. An investigation is under way.
Having burst on the music scene in the 1980s, the 57-year-old became a global superstar with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times.
During his reign, music lovers often posed the question of who was better as asap musician between him and the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson. Prince’s innovative music spanned rock, funk, and jazz, and selling more than 100 million records during his career.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died,” a spokeswoman for the musician said.
“There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time”.
The multi-talented American recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let’s Go Crazy, When Doves Cry and Purple Rain – which he won an Oscar for in 1984.
He also wrote music for several artists, with Sinead O’Connor’s version of Nothing Compares 2U becoming a worldwide hit in 1990.
Prince was famed for his eccentricity and secrecy. In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he “rewrote the rulebook”.
Reactions to the star’s death have been instant, with Justin Timberlake tweeting: “Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real”. Boy George said: “Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!”
On 15 April, Prince was rushed 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.