"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,"
”When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am".
“The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.” publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said.
Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his elevator Thursday morning when police responded to a medical call made from the Paisley Park studio's in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
The pop icon was hospitalised on last Friday after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, just hours after a performance in Atlanta, Georgia, after declaring he had been feeling unwell.
A representative for Prince told TMZ at the time that he had been suffering from a nasty bout of the flu for several weeks. He was treated for three hours before being released and sent home to rest.
Prince made a surprise appearance at a dance party in Minnesota the following day, what is now believed to have been his final public appearance.
“Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,” Prince reportedly told fans at the party near his home.
A massive out pouring of grief and kind words has flooded social media since the announcement.
“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” Mr Obama wrote on Facebook. “Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.”
The award-winning singer, songwriter and actor — born Prince Rogers Nelson — became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album 1999. He famously changed his stage name to a symbol in 1993.
In his lifetime he won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Prince sold tens of millions of albums worldwide in a career that spanned several decades and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
The music industry is deeply saddened by this news.