Update: Prince’s publicist confirmed the unfortunate news to the Associated Press:
BREAKING: Publicist: Pop music superstar Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2016
We are beyond saddened to share the news that legendary R&B star Prince has passed away, at the age of 57. Prince was found dead this morning, April 21st, at his renowned Paisley Park mansion home.
While a story of Prince’s hospitalization recently made headlines, the Purple One not only told the press that he was battling the flu, but appeared in good spirits at a concert held at Paisley Park. He did recently cancel “Piano & A Microphone” concerts scheduled for April 7th, but made them up at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA on the 14th. It’s hard to believe that, just one week later, Prince is truly gone from this Earth.
Details about Prince’s final days will undoubtedly pour in over the coming weeks, but his death has been confirmed by TMZ through a number of sources. From a man who has spent decades in the spotlight, it’s hard to fathom what the music scene will look like without him.
Prince made his first breakthrough with the 1999 album in 1982, and has released over 40 albums in his prolific career. Between his movies, videos, performances, production, songwriting, and more, there’s no denying that Prince is a musical genius and innovator. Even in his final years, Prince released two parts to his Hit n Run album, as well as an album with 3RDEYEGIRL called Plectrumelectrum in 2014.
We will be sharing Prince highlights throughout the day in memory of the great Prince, but agreed that sharing this news with our readers came first. RIP Prince.