Prince died earlier today (April 21) at age 57 at his Paisley Park home and studio, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. TMZ first reported the news.
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Prince was hospitalized last week after his plane for was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. Released a few hours later, a rep told TMZ that he had been battling a bad case of the flu.
One of the most iconic musicians in music history, Prince's extensive career grew out of the music scene of his native Minneapolis, where he lived his entire life. His 1978 debut album For You and self-titled second LP, released in October 1979, kicked off an incredibly prolific run of albums that included 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman, among others, throughout the 1980s at a clip of nearly one per year, evolving with each release.
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. Along the way, he worked with several bands under a series of pseudonyms, including The Time, the New Power Generation and The Revolution, as both frontman and producer.
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.
Over his 35-plus-year career, he released 39 solo studio albums and never stopped releasing new material; since September 2014, he put out four new full-length records with his latest band, 3rd Eye Girl, continuously experimenting with psychedelic rock and intergalactic funk.
Der legendäre Musiker Prince ist tot. Wie eine Sprecherin des Sängers gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AP bestätigte, starb er am Donnerstagmorgen im Alter von 57 Jahren. Reuters berichtete zuvor von einem Todesfall in seinem Tonstudio Paisley Park in Minnesota.
Woran Prince starb, ist noch nicht bekannt. Das amerikanische Portal "TMZ" berichtete zuerst vom Tod des Weltstars und schreibt, dass ein Notruf wegen eines "zusammengebrochenen Mannes, der nicht mehr atmet" bei den Rettungskräften eingegangen war.
Die Sprecherin Yvette Noel-Schure teilte schließlich mit: ."Ich bestätige in tiefer Trauer, dass der legendäre Kultstar Prince Rogers Nelson an diesem Morgen in seiner Paisley-Park-Residenz gestorben ist."
Bereits vor einer Woche war Prince im Krankenhaus
Prince sei bereits am 15. April wegen eines Notfalls mit seinem Privatjet notgelandet, schreibt "TMZ" weiter. Er war demnach ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert worden. Er sei jedoch einen Tag später bei einem Konzert aufgetaucht, um zu verkünden, dass es ihm gut gehe. Nach "TMZ"-Informationen habe er eine "Grippe" gehabt.
Der 1958 in Minneapolis geborene Prince gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Musiker der Geschichte. In den 80er-Jahren war er weltweit mit Songs wie "Purple Rain" oder "Little Red Corvette" berühmt geworden. Der Multi-Instrumentalist verkaufte in seiner Karriere mehr als 100 Millionen Platten.