Prince Rogers Nelson, known as Prince, an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor has died at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota, at the age of 57.
The renowned innovator was widely known for his eclectic work and extremely flamboyant stage presence and became a global superstar in the 1980's with iconic hits such as Purple Rain and Kiss.
Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, won 7 Grammy Awards, 1 Golden Globe and 1 Academy Award, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His music spanned a wide range of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, Soul and Pop.
On April 21st 2016, Police were called to his Paisley Park estate following a distressed medical emergency call. He was pronounced dead that day.
When news broke of the singers death hundred of fans gathered outside his estate and many celebrities, including President Obama, Madonna, Boy George and thousands of people from all over the world took to social media to convey their condolences and pay tribute to the artist.
Described as a “creative icon” by many, Prince was unstoppable in the studio and on stage. In addition to writing more than two dozen classics, he also wrote for several artists, including Sinead O'Conner with her version of Nothing Compares 2U and Chaka Khan I Feel For You.
The musical prodigy released numerous singles via the music-sharing service Napster, but in 2000 refused to allow his music to appear on major streaming platforms. His latest album HitnRun Phase Two, was released last year and Prince had been touring just last week. However, following a performance on stage in Georgia, on the 15th April, he was taken to hospital after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. He was treated and released shortly after.
The news of Prince has shocked and caused great upset to many on a global scale. A true musical legend.