TMZ is reporting that musician, actor, and icon Prince Rogers Nelson has died at age 57. Update: His publicist later confirmed, "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. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."
I am #transformed
— Prince (@prince) April 15, 2016
TMZ and local news stations confirmed that there was a death at Prince's Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota this morning. Prince was briefly hospitalized last week with the flu after making an emergency landing in Illinois. He was spotted riding his bike around Chanhassen, Minnesota a day later, and he threw an all-night dance party later that evening.
2 GIVE THANX 4 THE GOOD WEATHER AND 4 ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT... pic.twitter.com/PEcHzLnYvc
— Prince (@prince) April 16, 2016
— Prince (@prince) April 17, 2016
On Saturday night at the party, Prince didn't perform for the crowd, but he did address his health and the initial reports of his hospitalization, saying, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."
He also said he was hoping to release a live album of one of the Atlanta concerts from his recent Piano and a Microphone Tour. He also commented that his guitar-playing days were behind him: “I can’t play the guitar at all these days so I can keep my mind on this [the solo piano] and get better."
“No comment, no comment. Say a prayer, bro.” A man with an earpiece outside Paisley Park.
— Andrea Swensson (@SlingshotAnnie) April 21, 2016
Update 1:10 p.m.: AP has now confirmed with his publicist that Prince has died.
BREAKING: Publicist: Pop music superstar Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2016
Prince was the first concert I ever went to. As talented as they come and a Minnesota treasure. He'll be missed... https://t.co/GszMvdlVsc
— Rep. Erik Paulsen (@RepErikPaulsen) April 21, 2016
We weren't supposed to use phones at Prince in ATL last week, but I couldn't resist. Last performance of Purple Rain pic.twitter.com/6FjkJTksJO
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) April 21, 2016
Prince, who was born in Minneapolis in 1958, was a revolutionary force in the music industry. His breakthrough albums were Dirty Mind in 1980 and 1999, released in 1982, but it was his 1984 album with The Revolution, Purple Rain, that made him a superstar; Rolling Stone wrote, "Prince's rock & roll is as authentic and compelling as his soul and his extremism is endearing in a era of play-it-safe record production and formulaic hit mongering."
He released 39 albums, as a solo artist and with collaborators (the New Power Generation, 3rdeyegirl). He changed his name to a symbol and continuously fought for artistic control and ownership of his music:
Perhaps one of his best (characteristically overwrought) quotes was: “If you don’t own your masters, then your masters own you.” Control.
— ଅନୀଲ (@anildash) April 21, 2016
He also became a prolific songwriter for other artists, writing "Manic Monday" for the Bangles and "Nothing Compares 2 U" for Sinead O'Connor (who said that their last meeting dissolved into a physical fight). He could also take a joke and end up owning it.
if i remember right Chappelle even said "how can i even sue him over this" https://t.co/dYNuObhZZy
— its me, i'm dead (@Mike_hugs) April 21, 2016
The son of a social worker mother and jazz pianist father, Prince grew up playing music at home and in recent concerts, featuring just Prince and a piano, he mentioned his father's influence on him. His father lead the Prince Roger Trio. His mother, Mattie Shaw, sang, as did his younger sister, Tyka Nelson. He graduated from Minneapolis's Central high school in 1976, playing music and going out for the basketball team. He was 13 when he formed his first band with friends, Grand Central.
Considered the driving force behind the "Minneapolis sound," Prince became known for shunning interviews, creating his own mystique and controlling his image with a team of stylists, publicists and lawyers. Even after becoming a global superstar, Prince stayed close to home, recording at Paisley Park and appearing often at late-night concerts and dance parties there.
Born on June 7, 1958, Prince had a thing for the number 7. On July 7, 2007, (the date 7/7/7) he held three concerts at three separate venues in downtown Minneapolis, telling the crowd at one show, "Minneapolis, I am home."
Audio of the 911 call has been released; a dispatcher says that there's a "male down, not breathing" and later says that CPR has started.
Fans are now driving by Paisley Park:
— Morgan Wolfe (@Morgan_Wolfe_) April 21, 2016
Update 3:30 p.m.: Prince's body was apparently found in an elevator:
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator, pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. pic.twitter.com/SzCT5hgdrp
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) April 21, 2016
Mourners and the media are gathering outside Paisley Park.
— Kelcey Carlson (@KelceyFox9) April 21, 2016
One fan, Kari Swalinkavich of Chanhassen, told the Star-Tribune, "He was a magical being and watching him grow up and evolve brought a little magic to us." She said she'd see him driving his car or riding his bike in the town, "He seemed like he was finally happy and able to be himself. He was funny and had a good time."