Iconic music star, Prince died earlier today at age 57 at his Paisley Park home and studio, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press.
Prince was hospitalized last week after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. Released a few hours later, a rep told TMZ that he had been battling a bad case of the flu.
One of the most iconic musicians in music history, Prince’s extensive career grew out of the music scene of his native Minneapolis, where he lived his entire life. His 1978 debut album For You and self-titled second LP, released in October 1979, kicked off an incredibly prolific run of albums that included 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman, among others, throughout the 1980s at a clip of nearly one per year, evolving with each release.
It was 1984’s Purple Rain — his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — released in conjunction with the film of the same name, that cemented him as one of the greatest artists of his generation, earning him two Grammys, and Oscar and a victory over Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards. Along the way, he worked with several bands under a series of pseudonyms, including The Time, the New Power Generation and The Revolution, as both frontman and producer.
Prince was also known for his eponymous Love Symbol, created in protest against his longtime record label Warner Bros., under which he released an album in 1992. His 18th and final album for the label, 1996’s Chaos and Disorder, finally released him from his contract.
As a recording artist, Prince was legendary for his prolific and perfectionist nature which allowed him to release a steady slew of material as he experimented in the studio; as a result, unreleased b-sides and bootlegs have become highly sought-after collectibles for die-hard fans, and his infamous “vault” of recordings has become the stuff of legend. Yet he was also truly transcendent as a performer, regularly stretching his shows beyond the three-hour mark and showcasing his stunning guitar work, which became an underrated part of his legacy, often overshadowed by his iconic singing voice and abilities as a songwriter and bandleader.
Over his 35-plus-year career, he released 39 solo studio albums and never stopped releasing new material; since September 2014, he put out four new full-length records with his latest band, 3rd Eye Girl, continuously experimenting with psychedelic rock and intergalactic funk.
In the wake of his sudden passing, fellow musicians have taken to Twitter to express their grief about the passing of a legend.
And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Prince….there’s no way
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) April 21, 2016
PRINCE passed away???! WTF??!!!
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
This fucking sucks… Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney —
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
We play Prince ‘Wanna Be Your Lover’ in every Dj set and will continue to do so forever. RIP to one of the best and one of our biggest icons
— The Knocks (@theknocks) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Listen to tangerine by Prince or his cover of A case of you
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 21, 2016
PRINCE . You legend. Rest In Peace
— lily (@lilyallen) April 21, 2016
A culture pushing icon and creative genius. Rest in peace Prince. pic.twitter.com/vPWCGipU95
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 21, 2016
If the news about prince is true it will be a terrible loss of such an amazing music legend and icon.
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) April 21, 2016
RIP to a real legend, PRINCE. Definitely one of my favorites of all time… Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) April 21, 2016
“Devastated to hear the news about Prince. An enormous talent that we were all big fans of.” – Duran Duran pic.twitter.com/478Q9dVF7K
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) April 21, 2016
From one 6/7 to another 6/7… Rest in peace, Prince!
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) April 21, 2016
R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016
Dang it… Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 21, 2016