Prince is dead at the age of 57, his publicist has confirmed to the AP.
The legendary singer and musician’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday,
TMZ first reported Prince’s death after police were called to his compound.
Last week, Prince was hospitalized after an emergency plane landing because of illness. The famed singer was released after spending just three hours in an Illinois hospital.
Initial reports of his declining health painted a grave picture, with one source claiming at the time he was ‘not doing well’.
The next day the singer appeared on stage and said he had been “fighting the flu for several weeks.”
Prince had previously canceled two other recent concerts over concerns for his health.
There doesn’t appear to have been any foul play involved in the singer’s death.
The local Carver County chief sheriff’s deputy says that a news release will come after next of kin have been notified, according to the AP.
Deputies are on scene of a death investigation at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. More info to follow. -814
— Carver County S.O. (@CarverSheriff) April 21, 2016
Earlier this month, Prince said he wasn’t feeling well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and canceled at least one concert.
Prince is the winner of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated 30 times. He has five singles that topped the charts and 14 songs that reached into the Top 10.
The acclaimed musician also won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film ‘Purple Rain.’
In 2004 Prince was nominated into the rock & roll hall of fame, where he performed a legendary version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Last month, publisher Spiegel & Grau announced that it acquired Prince’s memoir, set for release in fall of 2017. “We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl,” Prince said.
During his amazing career Prince wrote hundreds of songs for himself and other artists. He released 39 studio albums including four in the last 18 months.
Prince made a surprise appearance at a dance party in Minnesota on Saturday, in what is believed to have been his final public appearance. Here’s a picture from that show.
He didn’t sing during that appearance but he did tell the crowd now to worry about his right now and to ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.’
The Purple Rain hitmaker performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows. At the time the music legend seemed fine during the concert.
Here’s footage from Prince’s show immediately prior to his hospitalization.
A picture posted by a fan on Instagram appeared to show Prince enjoying a leisurely bicycle ride outside his estate this past Sunday.
Prince’s fans and friends quickly took to Twitter to share their condolences for the music star.
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) April 21, 2016
R.I.P to one of the greatest living musicians and artists of the last 100 years… Prince, u changed our lives. We will miss u forever
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) April 21, 2016
Within an hour of his death being reported Prince was the top global trending term on Twitter with more than 1.68 million tweets.
And condolences continue to flood in.
I'm so sad we've lost @prince the legend,the master,a musical juggernaut that knew no boundaries.He left indelible footprints in music.😔RIP
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) April 21, 2016
My heart is broken. Prince man. One of the greatest. This one hurts like MJ.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) April 21, 2016
Now Prince. I loathe 2016.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) April 21, 2016
His undeniable mark has been left on music forever. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson. You will be missed and never forgotten.