Music legend Prince was found dead this morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, according to media reports. He was 57.
The pop icon appeared last weekend at a Paisley Park dance party, E! News reports. “Days earlier, he was hospitalized with the flu following an emergency plane landing in Moline, Illinois, TMZ and other outlets had reported,” E! News reports. “TMZ had also said the singer canceled two shows last week in Atlanta due to his illness. His reps have not commented. At the party, he reassured fans about his health status, saying, ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,’ according to The New York Daily News.”
Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis. He became one of the giants of the modern music scene, with landmark albums including “1999,” “Purple Rain,” “Around the World in a Day” and Sign o’ the Times.” He changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993, and for a time was widely referred to as “the artist formerly known as Prince.”
After a move from Warner Bros. to Arista Records in 1998, he began referring to himself again as “Prince.” He continued to release music at a prolific pace, including his latest, “HITnRUN Phase One” and “HITnRUN Phase Two,” both released in 2015.