The musician Prince has died at the age of 57
US news site TMZ broke the news at around 5.50pm
The musician Prince has died.
American news site TMZ broke the news at this afternoon. It initially reported that there had been an unnamed “fatality” at the singer’s Paisley Park Estate in Minnesota. A short while later, it said that “multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed”. It was confirmed by his publicist at around 6.10pm this evening.
On 15 April, Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Illionois and the star was briefly hospitalised. TMZ reports that he was “battling a bad bout of flu”. He had recently cancelled two shows due to poor health.
Social media is disbelieving. Many are already paying tribute to his inestimable influence on pop and culture.
YOU ARE FUCKING KIDDING ME. PRINCE?
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 21, 2016
Prince would have made a really brilliant very old man. I can't believe he hasn't been allowed to become that.
— Deborah Orr (@DeborahJaneOrr) April 21, 2016
Last time I saw Prince he OPENED with Purple Rain. That's how good his back catalogue is
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) April 21, 2016
PRINCE . You legend. Rest In Peace
— lily (@lilyallen) April 21, 2016
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career. In 1985, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.