Prince dies at age 57

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Prince has died at age 57, according to TMZ.  His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

The singer’s passing comes nearly a week after his plane made an emergency landing at the Quad Cities International Airport.  A representative for Prince had told TMZ that the singer was fighting the flu, which prompted a landing at 1 a.m. Friday, April 15.

The landing happened after a performance in Atlanta, but TMZ reports that health concerns had caused Prince to cancel two shows before that.

TMZ reports Prince has died at age 57

TMZ reports Prince has died at age 57

Prince pioneered “the Minneapolis sound” and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom.  His publicist confirmed his death Thursday, according to CNN.

“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,” said Yvette Noel-Schure.

Earlier Thursday, police said they were investigating a death Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The death investigation was underway at the Minnesota recording studio of Prince was first reported by Minneapolis television station KMSP.

Authorities responded to a medical call at 9:43 a.m., Carver County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told KMSP.

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.”

The singer’s predilection for lavishly kinky story-songs earned him the nickname, His Royal Badness. He is also known as the “Purple One” because of his colorful fashions.

Controversy followed the singer and that, in part, made his fans adore him more. “Darling Nikki,” a song that details a one-night stand, prompted the formation of the Parents Music Resource Center. Led by Al Gore’s then wife, Tipper, the group encouraged record labels to place advisory labels on albums with explicit lyrics.

He left his imprint on so many aspects of popular culture from film to movies to sports to politics. As the Minnesota Vikings prepped to take on the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFC championship game, Prince wrote a fight song entitled “Purple and Gold” to inspire his home team. The Vikings lost. He was the half-time performer at the Super Bowl in 2007.

Last year while addressing the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in Baltimore, Prince released the song “Baltimore.” He performed at a benefit concert in the city and gave a portion of the proceeds to youth groups in Baltimore.

CNN and Tribune Media contributed to this report.

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