It was a sad day in the world of music on Thursday as news broke that the incomparable musician Prince had died. He was 57.
According to the Associated Press, police were called to his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. earlier in the day. His publicist spoke about his death Thursday afternoon.
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement, according to ABC News.
"There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time."
TMZ first broke the news and reported that the singer had a medical emergency last week that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. He had apparently been battling flu-like symptoms for weeks, according to TMZ, but showed up and performed at a concert the day after the incident.
The New York Daily News reports that during a dance party this past Saturday at his residence, he told the audience, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers," seemingly reassuring them of his health.
Prince — a multi-instrumentalist who wrote and performed some of the biggest songs of the last five decades, and whose contemporaries included Madonna and Michael Jackson — is often cited as an influence to musicians across genre, including rocker Lenny Kravitz, pop star Bruno Mars, and soul singer D'Angelo. He's also influenced creatives in areas outside of music, including actors, artists, and fashion designers.
Some of Prince's biggest hits include "When Doves Cry" from the 1984 semi-autobiographical film, Purple Rain, as well as recognizable party favorites from his '80s heyday such as "1999" and "Kiss."
His most recent albums, HITnRUN: Phase One and HITnRUN: Phase Two were released in 2015.
The singer's death comes just two months after his protegé Vanity died of a kidney failure.
Prince's music was the soundtrack for multiple generations and his legacy was not forgotten, as evidenced by the reaction on Twitter, in which celebrities and others spoke out about this tragic loss.
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