Pop superstar Prince was found dead in his home in Minnesota Thursday morning. Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed the news after report that police were investigating his Paisley Park compound near Minneapolis.
"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," the publicist said. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."
Last week, Prince has been hospitalized for a short period of time with the flu. Prince was forced to make an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois for treatment, but reports have said that the pop star was recovering. No news have yet been released if this bout of illness had anything to do with Prince’s death.
Fans and friends alike were all shocked at the death of the pop idol, whose musical career had spanned four decades. Talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.” Katy Perry also posted, “And just like that… the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much.”
Prince was one of the best selling musical artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records internationally and received seven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Prince’s musical career began in Minneapolis where he was influenced by the local music scene, which combined components of funk, soul, disco and rock. His first musical breakthroughs included the 1970’s hits “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Why You Treat Me So Bad?” Prince burst into stardom upon the release of “Purple Rain” and it’s critically acclaimed soundtrack. The film was seemingly an autobiographical story about growing up in the Minneapolis club scene as a young and rebellious musician. Prince was also famous for his hits such as “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” He also went on to write songs for other artists such as Tevin Campell’s “Round and Round,” the Bangles’ “Magic Monday” and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”