Prince dead at 57: Legendary Singer Musician Dies After Reported Illness. Prince dies age 57 at his estate in Minnesota, just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with severe flu.
Paramedics were called out to the music icon’s Paisley Park estate at 9.43am and Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there had been a fatality.
Prince’s publicist later confirmed he had died. His cause of death is not known, but in a call to paramedic on the way to Prince’s home, a 911 dispatcher says: ‘Male down, not breathing.’
Prince – full name Prince Rogers Nelson – was rushed to hospital six days ago with flu symptoms after his private plane made an emergency landing.
The singer, who was known for his musical talent, producing and writing, and electric performances, made a final public appearance at a show on Sunday, where he did not sing, but said: ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers’
He was aboard his private flight when he fell ill, forcing it to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois on Friday morning.
TMZ reported that the seven-time Grammy award winning singer’s plane diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, to make the emergency landing.
He had been suffering from flu for a number of weeks and was believed to be recovering, but took a turn for the worse in the early hours of Friday.
Prince, who was a Jehovah’s Witness and a vegan, was treated for three hours before being released.
Initial reports on his condition painted a much graver pictures, with one source claiming at the time he was ‘not doing well’.
The Purple Rain hitmaker had performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta on last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows – and had seemed fine during the concert.
He was keen for people to have ‘living proof’ that he is still alive, and he arrived at the bash to show off his new guitar and piano.
The superstar musician combined rock, R&B, soul, disco and hip-hop to create a unique sound that led to him selling more than 100 million records during his 40-year career.
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1958 and started making music at the age of seven.
He first found fame in the late 1970s and over the next three decades became known as one of the most inventive and eccentric forces in American pop music.
He became even more famous with the release of the film Purple Rain in 1984, a seemingly autobiographical movie set in the club scene in his home town of Minneapolis.
The film was a huge success and the soundtrack album spent 24 weeks at the top of the charts and sold more than 13 million copies.
The legendary singer and songwriter is best known for hit songs such as Raspberry Beret and Little Red Corvette.
He was fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name.
In 1993, Prince legally changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol – also known as the Love Symbol. During that phase, he was referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. After changing his name back to Prince, he was sometimes called Prince would be referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
Prince once wrote ‘slave’ on his face in protest at not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros, before returning a few years ago.
Just this past Sunday, a fan posted a picture on Instagram appeared to show Prince riding a bicycle outside his estate .
Prince, an intensely private person, sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 2007, he performed at the Super Bowl in one of the most celebrated such performances.
Prince’s most recent album, HITnRUN: Phase Two was released in December 2015 and he was in the process of writing an untitled autobiography, which was due to be published in 2017.
‘What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,’ he said in 2014. ‘I was just trying to get here.’
Prince made a surprise appearance at a dance party in Minnesota on Saturday, in what is believed to have been his final public appearance.
Many celebrities along with the whole world are sharing their shock and condolences on the internet and social media.
Justin Timberlake: ‘Numbed. Stunned. This can’t be real.’
Chris Rock: ‘Say it isn’t so.’
Kris Jenner: ‘So sad to hear about the loss of Prince today. #RIP #legend #purplerain’
Cara Delevigne: ‘Please no! Some one please tell me it isn’t true #PRINCEWILLNEVERDIE’
Boy George tweeted: ‘Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!’
Joan Collins said: ‘Shocked that @prince has died at only 57. Such a talent to have died so young.’
‘Omg….. RIP Prince,’ Demi Lovato tweeted.
‘And just like that….the world lost a lot of magic,’ tweeted Katy Perry.
Director Spike Lee said: ‘I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor.’
Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal wrote: ‘R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone too soon.’
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe called Prince a ‘genius’ and ‘poet’, adding he was ‘the greatest live act I ever saw’.
Lord Of the Rings star Elijah Wood thanked Prince ‘for everything;. Can’t even process this. There will never be another,’ he added.