The music world has lost another legend. World renowned pop artist Prince has died at age 57. The singer was found dead at his estate in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota Thursday.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” the rep said in a statement to NBC News. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office told NBC News police responded to a report of a fatality at the property, without naming the victim. The department said the death remains under investigation.
Earlier this month, Prince said he was feeling unwell and canceled two concerts in Atlanta. Days later, he performed one concert in the city. His plane then made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois and the singer was hospitalized. TMZ and other outlets had reported said he suffered from the flu. His rep later said, “He is fine and at home,” according to CNN.
Prince was born in 1958. He was the son of a pianist in a Minnesota jazz band. In addition to his music, he was known for his elaborate, eclectic stage styles.
He rose to fame in the late ’70s and was most popular in the ’80s and early ’90s. Dubbed the “Purple One,” Prince released hits such as “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Cream,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” “1999”—which became an anthem for many schools’ and colleges’ graduating classes—and “Purple Rain.”
A 1984 album with the latter name remains one of the singer’s most successful and inspired a rock musical film with the same title, in which Prince made his film debut. He won an Oscar for the movie’s original song score.
Throughout his career, Prince won seven Grammy Awards.