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Singular music star Prince — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — was found dead in his Paisley Park home and studio earlier today, April 21. TMZ first reported the story and his publicist has since confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
Prince had a medical emergency last week causing his plane to make an emergency landing after he had come down with a severe flu. He did perform his show the following night, however, to assure fans that he was okay. TMZ reported that he told the crowd, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”
The Minneapolis native had an extensive 35-year career, putting out 39 solo studio albums. But the 1984 hit Purple Rain, “released in conjunction with the film of the same name…cemented him as one of the greatest artists of his generation, earning him two Grammys, an Oscar, and a victory over Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards.”
Prince, standing at just 5’2″, was fiercely protective of his independence, once writing “slave” on his face in protest of not owning his material and his name. He famously battled his record company, Warner Bros, before leaving the label, and returning only a few years ago.
Fans are gathering outside the Paisley Park compound and First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis to show their respect. “Prince” is trending worldwide while “When Doves Cry”, “Little Red Corvette” and “Raspberry Baret” are also appearing as the world mourns the loss.
Aside from The Beatles and Miles Davis, no musician changed my life as much as Prince did. I’m too much in shock to process any of it. #RIP
— Brian Doan (@BrianCDoan) April 21, 2016
Prince… I can’t believe it… that’s the worst news
— your pal ched (@royalpizzaboy) April 21, 2016
— ALT AZ 93.3 (@altaz933) April 21, 2016
In March the rock star announced his memoir, The Beautiful Ones, which was set to be released in the Fall of 2017. No word yet as to whether or not his tragic death will affect the publication.