Music icon Prince has died at age 57.
“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 told media.
Local authorities responded to a 911 call at Prince’s estate in Minnesota, but when medical personnel arrived they found him unresponsive in an elevator, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10.07am,” the statement read.
The innovative and prolific musician rose to superstar status in the 1980s. He sold more than 100 million albums over his four-decade career, which included hit singles like “Cream”, “Kiss”, and “When Doves Cry”.
1984’s Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to the film of the same name Prince also starred in, remains his best-selling release.
Emotional tributes from celebrities and fans of the musician, recognising his artistry and his larger-than-life persona, flooded social media as news spread of his death.
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. “Mommy, who is that singing?” Seems weird but it’s true. More than a “once in a lifetime” artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince
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Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
💔about Prince, one of the greatest artists has left us today. I'll miss my friend, his advice&great humor.Thank you for your magical music.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) April 21, 2016
Genius, legend, inspiration, friend.
The world will miss you.
I’ll never get over it. pic.twitter.com/RXIZdfGNPw
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 21, 2016
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) April 21, 2016
I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well Prince pic.twitter.com/4EZLFyGw9X
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) April 21, 2016
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) April 21, 2016