BREAKING: Publicist: Pop music superstar Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2016
Prince Rogers Nelson, the icon known to the world simply as Prince, has died, TMZ reports and the Associated Press confirms. He was found this morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old. In a statement given to KTLA, Prince’s 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 at the age of 57.” The cause of death has not been confirmed, but last week, Prince had been on a flight home from Atlanta when his pilot was forced to make an emergency landing to take Prince to the hospital. At the time, a representative said he had the flu.
Prince’s influence on modern pop music cannot be overstated. His incredible run from the late ’70s through the ’90s, including albums such as Purple Rain, 1999, Dirty Mind, Sign O’ the Times, Controversy, Lovesexy, and Diamonds and Pearls, was nearly unparalleled in its combination of diversity, popularity, and innovation. He starred in Purple Rain, a 1984 movie incorporating music from the album of the same name, which is widely revered as one of the great musicals.
In 1993, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. Subsequently, he began warring with his label, Warner Bros., over creative control—a fight that lasted the length of the decade. In 2000, he changed his name back to Prince. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007.
Prince’s most recent albums were 2015’s HITNRUN Phase One and Two. His final concert was last Thursday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour. His memoir, The Beautiful Ones, is scheduled for release next fall.