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Prince Rogers Nelson - Dead at 57

April 21, 2016 - 11:15
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Artist Found Unresponsive in Elevator at Paisley Park Estate.

Prince Rogers Nelson, was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park Estate this morning. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed his passing. He was 57.

Known world-wide by his first name, Prince was a musical prodigy. He wrote, produced, played and sang with passion. He had been admitted just last week to an Illinois hospital, his plane had to make an emergency landing while en-route back to his home state of Minnesota. His publicist confirmed at that time that he was battling the flu. He had been in Atlanta for a show at the legendary Fox Theater. He had to cancel the original show, then made it up a few days later but shortened his set to around 80 minutes.

No cause of death has been given yet. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m.: “When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide life-saving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.” The sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.

Prince exploded onto the scene in the early 1980's. With the help of MTV, an upstart at the time, Prince was in heavy rotation in video and on the radio throughout the 80's and 90's. He sold over 100 million albums worldwide and remained relevant throughout his career. He often battled with the recording industry over "accepted practices" involving artists at the time. He changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in the '90's amidst a dispute with his then label, Warner Brothers. After his publishing contract expired with Warner Brothers, he began performing under his name again.

Prince was the consumate professional onstage, but was fiercely private offstage. He didn't pursue the limelight in the way that other artists did. He rarely gave interviews and avoided the red carpet. A one man band, Prince played every instrument on his albums. His musical legacy will survive in the hearts of his fans around the world.