Prince Dead at 57 years old
He was found dead Thursday morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis. It was in that very studio that he created most of his iconic music. Last week, Prince had to be taken to a hospital after his flight home from Atlanta made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. A representative said the singer had been fighting the flu for several weeks.
The Minneapolis-born artist released 39 studio albums, and had at least as much unreleased music in his archives. His hits included the album and movie “Purple Rain,” which established him as a major star in the mid-‘80s. He famously broke away from the major-label system in the mid-‘90s to become an independent artist. The hits dried up, but he continued to steadily release music and pioneered the use of the Internet as a distributor for his music. His toured infrequently in recent years, but when he did, he continued to be a huge draw. A 2004 arena tour produced $87 million in revenue
Prince was “a true artist in every sense of the word.” “Gone way too soon,” he said.
Added Justin Timberlake: “Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.” While Katy Perry may have put it best: “And just like that … the world lost a lot of magic”
Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, the trailblazing performer sold more than 100 million records over the course of his career, fusing rock, pop, funk and R&B and demonstrating an audacious, idiosyncratic sense of style and a willingness to court controversy. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, he won seven Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for best original song score for the 1984 film “Purple Rain.”