Prince Is Gone. We've Lost Something Huge Today
The musician died at the age of 57 in his Minnesota recording studio.
BY MATT MILLER | Apr 22, 2016 | Music
Iconic musician Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world simply as Prince, has died in his Minnesota recording studio at the age of 57.
"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. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu."
Carver County authorities reported that sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios at 9:43AM Central Time (10:43PM Singapore time) on April 21. First responders to the scene found an unconscious adult male in the elevator.
After several attempts to provide CPR, the victim remained unresponsive and was subsequently pronounced dead at 10:07AM Central Time (11:07AM Singapore time). The deceased was eventually identified as Prince Rogers Nelson.
A pioneer of the Minneapolis sound (a mixture of funk, rock, pop, synth, and new wave), Prince was nominated for 32 Grammys and won seven over the course of a phenomenal 39 studio albums. In December of 2015 he released his final album, HITnRUN Phase Two, a surprise follow-up to his September record. Throughout this year, Prince had been playing surprise intimate shows throughout North America on his Piano and Microphone tour. At one of his latest stops on March 26 in Toronto, he performed 57 songs, five encores, and a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes."
From: Esquire US.
This article was updated to include Carver County authorities' statement, which, at the time of writing, had not yet been released.