Singer-songwriter Prince has died at the age of 57 at his home in suburban Minneapolis, his publicist has confirmed . . .
It comes days after reports that the musician was taken to hospital after his plane made an emergency plane landing. He was said to be suffering from flu.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Associated Press news agency the music icon was found dead at his home on Thursday in Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter that an investigation was under way on Thursday morning.
They told the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that the identity of the deceased was being withheld until next of kin had been told.
Price, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, broke through to pop stardom in the 1980s with his albums 1999 and Purple Rain, which spent 24 weeks at the top of the chart.
The title track from 1999 includes one of the most widely quoted sayings in popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”
He was known for his wide musical range, controversial lyrics, and eccentricity.
Widely regarded as one of the most naturally talented artists of all time, he was self-taught and produced and composed much of his music.
Today is a sad day in the music world.
There will never be another Prince.
The world has lost a lot of magic.