TMZ has reported the artist known as Prince has died … he was 57.
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Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota early Thursday morning, according to the report.
Authorities responded to a medical call at 9:43 a.m. local time. The crime lab and medical examiner are both on scene.
The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.
He was returning from a preformance in Atlanta and his people told TMZ that he had symptoms of a bad flu. His plane stopped in Moline, and he was back on board in a few hours.
As a recording artist, Prince was legendary for his prolific and perfectionist nature which allowed him to release a steady slew of material as he experimented in the studio.
It was 1984’s Purple Rain — his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — released in conjunction with the film of the same name, that cemented him as one of the greatest artists of his generation, earning him two Grammys, and Oscar and a victory over Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards.