US music icon Prince has died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, six days after falling ill with ‘severe flu’. He was 57. He was rushed to the hospital six days ago with flu symptoms after his private plane made an emergency landing.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed the death after Paramedics and police were called to his suburban home. He said, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.”
The last time the music icon appeared on stage was on Saturday, where he didn’t sing but told fans “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers”
Prince Rogers Nelson was renowned for his sexually charged lyrics and performances. He recorded more than 30 albums and sold more than 100 million records in his sparkling 40-year music career. He became an international sensation in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times. His innovative music spanned rock, funk, and jazz. His best known hits include Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry. His latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.
The eccentric singer would surely be missed by music lovers the world over.