Passing of a legend: Singer Prince dies at age 57

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as the legendary artist Prince, has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park home and studio in Minneapolis. The iconic singer gave the world countless hits, including “Purple Rain’’ and “When Doves Cry.’’
 
Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, has confirmed that the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday.
 
A Minneapolis native, Prince became popular in the late 1970s with the hits “Wanna Be Your Lover” and then gave the world the iconic “1999” and “Purple Rain.”
The cause of Prince’s death has yet to be released.
Earlier this week, he was treated for the flu after his plane made an emergency landing.
 
TMZ is reporting that the singer was feeling ill during his shows last week and began to feel worse on the plane. After the emergency landing, he was treated at a hospital and released hours later.
 
According to Bllboard, “it was 1984’s Purple Rain – his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 – released in conjunction with the film of the same name, that cemented him as one of the greatest artists of his generation, earning him two Grammys, and Oscar and a victory over Michael Jackson’s “Thriller’’ for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards.’’
 
Billboard added that “Prince was also known for his eponymous Love Symbol, created in protest against his longtime record label Warner Bros., under which he released an album in 1992. His 18th and final album for the label, 1996’s Chaos and Disorder, finally released him from his contract.”
 
“As a recording artist, Prince was legendary for his prolific and perfectionist nature which allowed him to release a steady slew of material as he experimented in the studio; as a result, unreleased b-sides and bootlegs have become highly sought-after collectibles for die-hard fans, and his infamous “vault” of recordings has become the stuff of legend. Yet he was also truly transcendent as a performer, regularly stretching his shows beyond the three-hour mark and showcasing his stunning guitar work, which became an underrated part of his legacy, often overshadowed by his iconic singing voice and abilities as a songwriter and bandleader,’’ Billboard reports.
 
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