Funk/rock superstar Prince dead at 57
Powerhouse singer/songwriter Prince – one of rock’s most prolific, innovative and uncompromising performers – has died aged 57.
According to multiple sources including Britain’s The Guardian and celebrity website TMZ – which claims to have confirmed the death with several sources – the Purple Rain star was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early this morning.
The singer born Prince Rogers Nelson had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was OK. At the time, Prince’s publicity team told TMZ he was battling the flu.
Indeed, the seminal performer had been highly active lately; he filed two shows at Toronto’s Sony Centre last March a mere 48 hours after announcing them. Those shows came on the heels of two others at the same venue 10 months earlier.
Prince’s place in the rock and funk pantheon is unparalleled, his list of achievements jaw-dropping: seven Grammy Awards, an Oscar for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985, a classic Super Bowl appearance in 2007 and some 100 million albums sold. Twitter exploded:
One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today... #RIPPrince— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2016
Just heard about Prince ....can't believe it ....... - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 21, 2016
RIP PRINCE— Ron Sexsmith (@RonSexsmith) April 21, 2016
Unbelievably sad news....what a year this has been so far RS
Say it isn't so. pic.twitter.com/xdY0bYDtSO— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 21, 2016
What the absolute fuck! Just saw him perform in Toronto last month, an absolutely magical performance. This is too much. #Prince— Moe Berg (@moeTPOH) April 21, 2016