Super popstar Prince is Dead

Prince’s publicist confirmed the popstar died at his home in Minneapolis Express news reports that the Purple Rain singer’s body was discovered in a lift at his Paisley Park mansion, where his recording studio is located.

Police were called to the star’s home at around 9.30am this morning.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it was investigating the circumstances of Prince’s death.

There were no immediate details on the cause of death and a representative for the local medical examiner declined to comment.

Prince’s publicist Anna Meacham said in a statement: “It is with profound sadness that I can confirm 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.”

The singer was taken to hospital on April 15 with flu after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois and he had cancelled two shows in the weeks leading up to his death.

The legendary icon is believed to have had been fighting flu for several weeks but sources claim he “felt considerably worse” on the flight.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment but released three hours later, according to a spokesman for Prince.

Despite the medical emergency the star appeared on stage the next day.

The singer- full name Prince Rogers Nelson- was a seven-time Grammy winner and his unique blend of rock, R&B and soul helped sell more than 100million records worldwide making him one of the most successful musicians of all time.

Over the past three decades, Prince has become a legendary figure in pop music since he first broke onto the scene in the seventies.

His biggest hits include Kiss and Purple Rain, the latter of which was the title song of his debut film of the same name.

The film was a huge success and the soundtrack album spent 24 weeks at the top of the charts and sold more than 13 million copies.
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He was won seven Grammy Awards and an Academy Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Known for defying convention and courting controversy in equal measure Prince was working on a new album at the time of his death.

The When Doves Cry singer was said to have a cache of unreleased music in his sprawling Paisley Park mansion that would fill 100 records.

His hit songs also included Raspberry Beret and Little Red Corvette.

He first found fame in the late 1970s, and over the next three decades became known as one of the most inventive and eccentric forces in American pop music.

In 2007 the star gave a show-stopping performance during the Super Bowl half-time.

The same year, he captured the imagination of Londoners when he played 21 nights at the O2 Arena in the summer of 2007.

On his last night he declared: “Everything’s changed this summer. It doesn’t matter who came before or who comes after. From now on, the O2 is Prince’s house.”

He played a total of 504 songs to audiences of half a million.

The last time he played in the UK was in October 2002, when he opened with a 12-minute jazz song, and berated fans who had come expecting Purple Rain.

At the O2 all that changed and he opened with his biggest hit.

Last month the hitmaker revealed to an audience at a show in New York he is writing a memoir called The Beautiful Ones.

He said: “This is my first [book]. My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s really helping me get through this.”

The book, described as an “unconventional and poetic journey through his life”, will be released next year, according to publishing house Spiegel & Grau.

Prince was married twice to his backup singer, Mayte Garcia, in 1996 and then to Manuela Testolini in 2001. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Intensely private, his personal life was marked by a string of romances linking him with the likes of Madonna and Kim Basinger and Carmen Electra.

His most recent album, “HITnRUN: Phase Two” was released in December 2015, and the artist had been on tour in the United States as recently as last week.

In 1993, Prince legally changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, but later changed it back again.

He was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, and is said to have written his first song at the age of 7. As well as singing and writing, he played multiple instruments, including guitar, keyboards and drums.

Despite the star’s incredible success he managed just one UK singles chart- topper – 1994’s The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.

One of his most famous numbers was in fact recorded by another artist. When Sinead O’Connor released Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990, it catapulted the Irish singer to the top of the charts and into the public eye

Prince with Prince Charles, Donnatella Versace and Lenny KravitzGETTY
Prince with Prince Charles, Donnatella Versace and Lenny Kravitz

Celebrities have paid tribute to the superstar and millions of people have expressed their shock on social media.

Chic frontman Nile Rodgers tweeted: “RIP our dearly beloved Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus… I’ll never forget my brother. We’ve had good times.”

Rapper Lupe Fiasco wrote: “In Minneapolis right now…and it’s raining… Prince…”

Singer Lily Allen said: “PRINCE . You legend. Rest In Peace.”

Madonna, who collaborated with Prince on Love Song on her album Like A Prayer, posted a picture of the two of them together on Instagram, writing: “He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.”

Former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: “Shocking news about Prince. Have been a fan since my early 20s. Saw him live only a few months ago and he was as brilliant as ever.”

Chic frontman Nile Rodgers tweeted: “RIP our dearly beloved Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus… I’ll never forget my brother. We’ve had good times.”

Rapper Lupe Fiasco wrote: “In Minneapolis right now…and it’s raining… Prince…”

Singer Lily Allen said: “PRINCE . You legend. Rest In Peace.”

KISS Singer Gene Simmons wrote: “PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, tweeted: “Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones.”

Singer Katy Perry also paid tribute to the musician, writing: “And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…”

Actor Samuel L Jackson wrote: “I’m Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.”

British pop star Robbie Williams added: “Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x”

Prince is the latest famous name from the world of entertainment to die in what has been a tragic first four months of 2016.
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