Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.
Prince had recently battled ill health, cancelling a number of recent shows.
On April 15, he suffered a medical emergency that forced his private plane to make an emergency landing in Illinois, TMZ reported.
However, he performed a show the following day to reassure fans about his health.
Prince performed in New Zealand for the very first time in February this year.
The man born Prince Rogers Nelson stood just 5 feet, 2 inches and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: Sign O’ the Times, Graffiti Bridge and The Black Album.
He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote “slave” on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros., before returning a few years ago.
“What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Prince told The Associated Press in 2014. “I was just trying to get here.”
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.
“He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,” reads the Hall’s dedication. “Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”
Earlier this week, the performer was treated for dehydration after his plane made an emergency landing.
A representative for Prince told TMZ that the singer was feeling under the weather during his shows last week and began feeling worse on the plane. After the emergency landing, he was treated at a hospital and released three hours later.
Do yourself a favour & watch this if you haven’t before, he absolutely crushes this on the guitar. 3.30 in. Eric Clapton was once asked what it’s like being the best guitarist alive. He said “I dunno. Ask Prince”.
Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including Little Red Corvette, Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry, was found dead at his home today in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
TMZ is reporting Prince was treated for a drug overdose 6 days before his death.
According to TMZ, Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a “save shot”. The site reports this is typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.