Prince Rogers Nelson, the iconic singer, songwriter and performer has passed away from unknown circumstances today (April 21). He was 57.
His death was first reported by tmz.com after an initial report this morning by the outlet that suggested a death occurred on his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis, MN.
The singer's publicist has confirmed his death to the Associated Press.
Police in Carver Country also notified the public the identity of the man who passed on the scene was Prince.
Prince Rogers Nelson (57) found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death. 802jk— Carver County S.O. (@CarverSheriff) April 21, 2016
Police arrived at the Paisley Park complex at 9:43 am by 10:07 am Prince was pronounced dead, per a statement released by the sheriff's office.
An autopsy will be performed on the singer tomorrow.
Last Friday, Prince was hospitalized when a plane he was traveling on to Atlanta for a performance made an emergency landing in Illinois. Reports later revealed he was battling a bout of the flu that had lingered for weeks. Prior to that there were no signs of declining health as he was performing; last year he released new music, including "Baltimore," a protest number in the wake of Freddie Gray's death.
Prince first rose to fame in the 1970s as a virtuoso artist, gigging in local clubs and later landing a record deal with Warner Bros. In 1979 he released his debut album, For You,_ which wasn't as successful as his talent suggested it be. A year later, however, his self-titled sophomore album welcomed him to stardom with hits such as "I Wanna Be Your Lover." His next three albums would continue to burn his fame but it wasn't until 1984's "Purple Rain," both the movie and album, that he was launch into superstardom.
Though he was extremely guarded, Prince could also exhibit a quick wit and jovial sense of humor in interviews. He was also irascible, making it aware he was fully in charge of his brand, narrative and anything else he wanted.
He would later pioneer many of the efforts artist employ now to directly engage with fans and release music to consumers during the period of his career where he simply went by a symbol rather than his name.
Ever the working musician, Prince would reload bands, shifting from the Revolution to the New Power Generation to 3rdeyegirl.
Recently, he surprised many when he signed a deal to rejoin Warner Bros. Records and released musical through Jay Z's Tidal service.
Stay tuned to REVOLT for more on Prince's legacy.