Pop music legend and iconic superstar, Prince, was unresponsive in an elevator when he was found by sheriff’s deputies who had been called to his suburban Minneapolis compound, a Minnesota sheriff said Thursday . . .
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said deputies responded to a medical call about 9:43 a.m. Medical personnel tried CPR, but couldn’t revive the 57-year-old Prince, who was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Photo: Prince and his wife Mayte attend the premiere of the film “Girl 6” at the Ziegfeld Theatre March 18, 1996 in New York City.
The sheriff’s brief statement said the death was under investigation and provided no other details.
Prince was hospitalized April 15 for the flu after an emergency plane landing, a rep explained to TMZ. Prince had canceled two shows on April 7, presumably because of his health, but attempted to fly to Atlanta to perform.
Photo: Prince during an interview with host Jay Leno on May 04, 2001.
News of Prince’s death sparked an outpouring of grief and mourning from around the world.
His untimely death came a few days after he was reported to have been hospitalized Friday in Illinois on his way back from a concert in Atlanta.
Photo: Prince and Beyonce perform a medley of his hits during the 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Reaction is pouring in from fans and celebrities following the death of music superstar Prince.
Many celebrities took to Twitter to express their sadness Thursday. Basketball star Magic Johnson wrote that he was “so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince.”
Director Spike Lee remembered Prince as “A Funny Cat” with a “Great Sense of Humor.”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Prince for fighting for the freedom of artists and for himself, recalling the rocker’s skirmishes with the recording industry. Jackson says Price “was a transformer.”
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.”
Sales of Prince’s music have soared since news broke of the pop star’s death.
Three of his songs — “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry,” — surged to 7th, 9th and 10th on iTunes’ Top Songs chart.
Four of his albums — “The Very Best of Prince,” “Purple Rain,” “The Hits / The B-Sides,” and “1999” — jumped to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th on iTunes’ Top Albums chart by Thursday afternoon.