Pop superstar Prince has died at the age of 57. TMZ first reported the news with the singer’s publicist confirming that the “Purple Rain” singer was found dead his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning (April 21st).
“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,” said his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure.
TMZ has obtained the emergency dispatch call that says, “male down, not breathing.” No other details have been revealed at this time, but earlier reports said police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park studios. Once the body was identified and the family was notified, the announcement was made public.
The singer had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois in the middle of the night so he could seek treatment at a local hospital. He was released three hours later and was recovering at home from what was reported as dehydration and the flu.
Prince had canceled some tour dates on his Piano and Microphone tour due to the flu, but was thought to be recovering.
The singer’s fight against the music industry for creative freedom has influenced a lot of stars. Robert L. Johnson, the Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television, released the following statement calling Prince a “musical genius.”
“As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death,” he states. “The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performers, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.”
He continues, “I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible imprint on the world of music.
‘Purple Rain’ is falling all over the world today!”
Rest in peace, Purple One!
Many stars have taken to social media to express their thoughts.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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