Prince dead aged 57
Prince, one of the greatest Pop singers has died at his home in Minnesota aged 57. According to reports emerging over the last one hour, Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to a Carver County Sheriff’s Office statement. Emergency workers tried to revive him and he was pronounced dead a short time later.”It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died,” his publicist Anna Meacham said.Authorities said an investigation was underway at the Grammy and Oscar winner’s Paisley Park complex, where local media showed images of emergency vehicles.Prince’s autopsy will be conducted on Friday.Shocked fans gathered with media crews outside Paisley Park’s gates to mourn the award-winning singer and musician, whose genre-defying music combined jazz, funk and disco.Music TV channel MTV said it was changing its logo to purple for the day in honour of Prince.The artist, who was born as Prince Nelson, lived in the outskirts of Minneapolis, where he was known for throwing parties and preserving masters of his work in the vaults of his Paisley Park studio.Prince sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Prince became an international sensation in the 1980s, when he popularised the Minneapolis sound of funk.His 1984 album Purple Rain is often described as one of the greatest of all time, while his hit songs included Purple Rain, Kiss and Little Red Corvette.Prince won an Oscar for best original song score for Purple Rain, the 1984 movie whose music was based on his album of the same name. He also starred in the movie.During his career Prince recorded 47 songs that reached the Billboard top 100 in the US, including 19 top 10s and five that reached number one.When Doves Cry, which featured on Purple Rain, remained number one on the Billboard charts in the US for five weeks and was ranked by Billboard as the number one single in the US for 1984.In the 20 years from 1980 to the end of 1999 he had 44 top 100 hits on the Billboard chart more than any other artist.As well as writing and performing his own songs, Prince penned numerous songs that became hits for other artists, including Manic Monday for the Bangles in 1986 and Nothing Compares 2 U, a worldwide smash hit for Sinead O’Connor.His music was marked by sexually charged lyrics and explosive live performances, while his private life was marked by a string of romances linking him with the likes of Madonna and actresses Kim Basinger and Carmen Electra. Prince also appeared on a lot of playlists created for the US visits of Pope Benedict in 2008 and Pope Francis in 2015 because of his classic The Pope.
Prince was raised a Seventh Day Adventist but later became a Jehovah’s Witness.Messages of condolences have been flowing and from Twitter I have so far identified several of those tributes.President Barack Obama called Prince “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time.””Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly,” Mr Obama said in a statement. “Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.” “RIP our dearly beloved Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus … I’ll never forget my brother. We’ve had good times,” American musician, producer, and guitarist Nile Rodgers tweeted. Sheila E., a singer and percussionist who worked closely with Prince in the 1980s, wrote on Twitter: “My heart is broken. There are no words. I love you!” Madonna described Prince as a “true visionary”.”He changed the world!! A true visionary. What a loss. I’m devastated,” she wrote on Instagram, where she posted a picture of herself with the Purple One.”I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor,” director Spike Lee tweeted.Neil Portnow mourned the seven-time Grammy winner, calling him “one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time”.”Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape,” he said in a statement.”Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever.”