CARVER COUNTY, Minn. — Music legend Prince has been found dead at his estate in Carver County, Minnesota, his publicist has confirmed to the Associated Press.
TMZ reports that his body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound early this morning. Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57. The AP reports that according to the sheriff, deputies who were called to Prince’s studio found the star unresponsive in an elevator and CPR failed.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, released the following statement regarding news of his death:
“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.
There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
Earlier this month, Prince said he wasn’t feeling well and canceled at least one concert. Some days later, he took the stage in Atlanta to perform. After that concert, the singer’s plane made an emergency landing, Noel-Schure told CNN. At the time she said, “He is fine and at home.”
TMZ reported that Prince had been battling the flu.
The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.”
The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Wanna Be Your Lover” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.”
The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”
Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. According to TMZ, he was a seven-time Grammy winner and sold more than 100 million records over the course of his career. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 21, 2016
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