Prince Rogers Nelson, the artist known as Prince, who pioneered “the Minneapolis sound” and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom, has died, according to a family member.
He was 57.
The family member asked not to be identified.
Earlier this month, Prince said he wasn’t feeling well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and canceled at least one concert in the city.
Some days later, he took the stage in Atlanta to perform.
After that concert, the singer’s plane made an emergency landing, Prince was
“fighting the flu.”
Prince has won seven Grammy Awards, and has earned 30 nominations.
Five of his singles have topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10.
He won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film “Purple Rain.”Prince’s Top 10 hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; albums like “Dirty Mind,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times” were full-length statements.
His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan. With the 1984 film and album “Purple Rain,” Prince told a fictionalized version of his own story: biracial, gifted, spectacularly ambitious.
Its music won him an Academy Award and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone.
No cause of death has been given.
In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call at Paisley Park this afternoon at 9:43 a.m.:
“When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator.
First responders attempted to provide life-saving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim.
He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.”
The sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.
“Prince did it all.”
– President Obama about the legendary musician, who just died at 57
He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed a legendary version of
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
to close the ceremony.