The music world has lost another pop icon and legend. Renowned pop artist Prince has died at the age 57. The singer was found dead at his Paisley Park estate and studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota yesterday. Read more below.
Prince was born in 1958. His father was a pianist in a Minnesota jazz band. Prince rose to fame in the late ’70s and was most popular in the ’80s and early ’90s and has won seven Grammy Awards throughout his career. “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,” a 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 said in a statement to E! News police found Prince unresponsive in an elevator inside the property and that first responders were unable to revive him via CPR. “He was pronounced dead just after 10 a.m. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death.” Earlier this month, Prince canceled two concerts in Atlanta as he said he wasnt feeling well. However, last Thursday, he performed one concert in the city. “Prince sounded amazing!” a fan who attended the concert told E! News. “He was energetic and the crowd went crazy. It was a memorable night with a packed house. He seemed really happy with his performance.”
However, after the show, his plane then made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois were the singer was hospitalized. According to TMZ, he was suffering from the flu. His rep later confirmed, “He is fine and at home,” according to CNN. About a week ago, he started not feeling unwell and expressed that to a few close friends,” a source told E! News exclusively. “He never spoke about what the illness was, only that he was just fighting a cold and he will get better and not to worry. He never liked to complain. He never wanted to show pain. Ever.”
Another source said the singer “has been sick since his plane had to have an emergency landing,” adding, “He was very religious and adamant about not taking any sort of medication” Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported. While many believers accept some medicines and medical treatment, the religion forbids blood transfusions, according to the official Jehovah’s Witnesses website.
Prince was an extremely private celeb and when he did give an interview, he often made headlines. In 2010, he famously declared in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Daily Mirror that “The Internet’s completely over.” “I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else,” he said. “They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.” “At one time, MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated,” he added. “Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
First it was, Michael Jackson, then Whitney Houston, now Prince 🙁
RIP to another Legend. Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)