Prince, the superstar musician who combined rock, R&B, soul and hip-hop to create a unique sound that led to him selling more than 100 million records during his 40-year career, is dead.
Prince reportedly died this morning (April 21), shortly after being found unresponsive in the elevator at his estate in Minnesota. According to a press release said to be sent from the Carver County Sheriff’s Department this afternoon, stated that deputies arrived at Paisley Park at 9:43 a.m. and found Prince unresponsive in the elevator. After CPR attempts were unsuccessful, he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m, less than half an hour later. The cause of death the 57-year-old music icon has not yet been revealed.
In a statement, his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said, “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.” .
It was a week ago that Prince grabbed the headlines when his plane made an emergency landing, and he was reportedly was rushed to a hospital in Moline, Illinois. Released a few hours later, a rep told TMZ that he had been battling a bad case of the flu.
Billboard.com noted that “It was 1984’s Purple Rain — his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — released in conjunction with the film of the same name, that cemented him as one of the greatest artists of his generation, earning him two Grammys, and Oscar and a victory over Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards.”
Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was attracted to music from an early age, learning to play instruments and writing his first song at the age of seven. He won seven Grammy Awards over the years, with his last win coming in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2008 for his song Future Baby Mama.
He was nominated an impressive 32 times for music’s biggest prize, with Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times getting Album of the Year nods and the singer also landing a Song of the Year nomination for writing one of the most popular songs of all time, the Sinead O’Connor ballad Nothing Compaes 2 U.
He also won the Best Original Song Oscar at the 1985 Academy Awards for Purple Rain.
I’m Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.