Entertainment industry superstar Prince has died at age 57. Members of his family confirmed the news to reporters early on April 21, followed by a statement from his publicist later during the day. His transition took place at his Minneapolis residence and entertainment complex, Paisley Park.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was a gifted and internationally loved singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, composer and producer who was frequently referred to as a musical genius. Prince was the winner of seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
His debut album “For You” was released in 1978 when he was only 19, and his final performance was on April 14, 2016 in Atlanta as part of his “Piano & a Microphone” tour.
No details have been released about the cause of Prince’s death but news reports over the last few weeks detailed concert cancellations and an emergency landing of his private plane due to medical issues. His representatives cited the flu as the cause. The medical examiner in Minneapolis intends to perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.
Prince was a prolific artist whether he was signed to a recording label, releasing music independently, or storing unreleased recordings in his famed trove of music known as “The Vault,” which is rumored to have a nearly inexhaustible supply of tunes. The release of those songs will depend on the wishes of Prince’s estate; as a longtime advocate for artists’ rights, he was exceptionally protective of his catalog and diligent about controlling access to, and revenue from, his music.
In the meantime, fans looking to reminisce online about Prince’s entertainment legacy can find a variety of tributes, including Wired.com’s rundown of the best Prince videos on YouTube, a photo retrospective by the L.A. Times, and Vulture.com’s list of Prince’s music available for streaming or download.
Rest in eternal purple peace, Mr. Nelson.