- Category: Celebrities
- Published: Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:04
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Prince, iconic singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy winner, has died, his publicist confirms to the Associated Press. He was 57.
The "Purple Rain" singer's body was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday, reported TMZ.
Prince had been battling the flu for several weeks, and his private plane made an emergency landing early Friday morning to rush the singer to the hospital, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE at the time. The singer had performed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta the night before.
"MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time," the network – on which Prince dominated the late '80s video lineup – said in a statement to PEOPLE. "Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans."
Bursting onto the scene in the late 1970s, Prince released his first album, For You, in 1978, before moving up the charts with his 1979 self-titled album which featured hit single "I Wanna Be Your Lover."
His sixth studio album, Purple Rain introduced The Revolution band, and spawned singles "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy," as well as the similarly-named 1984 art film, which nabbed an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Purple Rain has long maintained its status as one of the best albums of all time, and landed at number 2 on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of the Eighties.
Famously changing his stage name in 1993 to the "love symbol" after a copyright battle – a professional moniker he kept until 2000 – Prince was known for his over-the-top style and lavish showmanship. The star was a master of many musical instruments, often performing live on the guitar, piano, drums and various percussion instruments. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Releasing a total of 39 studio albums before his death, Prince's final two albums – HITnRUN Phase One and Two – were released in fall 2015.