Pop Superstar Prince Dies At Home Aged 57

Singer-songwriter Prince has died at the age of 57 after being found unresponsive in an elevator at his home in Minnesota.

Emergency services attempted CPR after being called to Paisley Park in suburban Minneapolis, but they could not revive the music icon.

His UK publicist Anna Meacham told Sky News: “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.

“There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”

Audio of the emergency services dispatch call obtained by celebrity website TMZ calls for paramedics to go to 7801 Audobon Road and describes a “male down, not breathing”.

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Carver County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it was investigating the circumstances of Prince’s death.

It comes days after he became unwell during a flight, forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.

At the time, the musician was flying home from Atlanta, Georgia, where he had cancelled two shows because of ill health.

The singer was taken to hospital by ambulance. He was treated and released hours later and a representative assured fans he was feeling much better and was resting at home.

Fans are gathering in the rain across the road from his home, where a number of dark-coloured cars are parked inside the compound.

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Widely regarded as one of the most naturally talented artists of all time, Prince was self-taught and produced and composed much of his music.

The artist – whose hits included Little Red Corvette, Let’s Go Crazy, When Doves Cry and Sign O’ The Times – was known for his wide musical range, controversial lyrics, and eccentricity.

He broke through to pop stardom in the 1980s with his albums 1999 and Purple Rain, which spent 24 weeks at the top of the chart.

Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.

He sold more than 100 million records and won seven Grammy Awards during a music career that spanned more than three decades. Since Prince’s death, his songs have soared back up the charts.

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As well as writing numerous hits himself, the singer also proved a source of chart success for others, penning Nothing Compares 2 U for Sinead O’Connor, When You Were Mine for Cyndi Lauper and Manic Monday for The Bangles.

Up until recently Prince had still been active musically.

His most recent album HITnRUN: Phase Two was released in December 2015, and he had been on tour in the US as recently as last week.

He was also in the process of writing an untitled autobiography which was set to be published in 2017.

Source: Sky News

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