Legendary musician Prince dead at 57
Iconic musician Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota, as reported by TMZ. He was 57. After playing several tour dates around the country throughout 2016, Prince started to show signs of medical trouble over the past month. He cancelled multiple shows and his plane made an emergency medical landing, apparently due to flu-related symptoms.
The original report was of an unspecified death at Prince’s compound, which TMZ later confirmed to be Prince. The story is still developing as the cause of death is still unknown.
"Paint a perfect picture. Bring to life a vision in one's mind. The beautiful ones. Always smash the picture. Always every time." #Prince xo
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) April 21, 2016
Prince was an award-winning musician, sporting seven Grammy wins and 32 nominations. He also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Purple Rain,” the titular song from the 1984 movie in which he starred. He also directed and starred in a film in 1986 titled “Under the Cherry Moon.”
Prince remained a prolific musician up until the end of his life, releasing 2 albums in 2015. He sold over 100 million records in his career, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and performed at the 2007 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Prince — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — was married twice in his life, both ending in divorce. He will be remembered as one of the most accomplished and acclaimed musicians of all time.
UPDATE: According to a press release by Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, the police were contacted at 9:43 am on April 21 about a medical emergency at Prince's home. The man was confirmed to be Prince and pronounced deceased at 10:07 am after an attempt at CPR.
The cause of death is still unknown, and the circumstances around his death are still under investigation.
TMZ followed up their initial report of Prince's death with a report that the singer was treated for a drug overdose less than a week before his death. This has been unconfirmed by Prince's representation so far.
The internet has been filled with tribute to the late legend throughout the day.
Working w/ Prince-he was/is the consummate musical genius. He fused genres &epitomized the gold standard performance artists aspire to give.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) April 21, 2016
One of my best memories is of slow-dancing to "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" in a bathroom in Jersey City. Thats the power of Prince — Katie Nolan (@katienolan) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince! Had the pleasure of seeing him in concert last month in Oakland. One of the best shows I've ever seen!!! Rest up legend!! WOW!! — Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 21, 2016