Prince's death lights up social media

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Prince performs in his debut movie "Purple Rain," the 1984 rock opera about a young man's search for artistic accomplishment and love.

Prince was found dead Thursday at his suburban Minnesota recording studio, according to the Associated Press.

The news service is reporting that the 57-year-old singer and songwriter, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson, was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park studio.

Prince's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed the news to the Associated Press. No other details have been revealed.

On Friday, a plane escorting the iconic singer to a concert in Atlanta, Georgia, made an emergency landing in Illinois. Over the weekend Prince, a 2004 inductee into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, seemed to bounce back when he announced a dance party event at his studio in Chanhassen.

He tweeted “2 GIVE THANX 4 THE GOOD WEATHER AND 4 ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT.”

Prince released a total of 39 albums over his more than 35-year career, and is counted as of one of the bestselling pop artists of his generation.

Among his many accomplishments, the icon collected seven Grammys and an Oscar in 1985 for best original song score for "Purple Rain."

The musician's untimely death was felt across social media, both locally and across the country.

Along with other numerous radion tributes, BET Networks preempted its originally scheduled programming Thursday at 1 PM ET/PT to pay tribute to the life of music icon Prince with a marathon of the prolific artist’s videos across its four channels for up to 48 hours on BET, BET Soul, BET Jams and Centric.

The Current, a Minnesota public radio station, is playing his music all day.

Local radio station WXPN is also streaming Prince's music Thursday.

Musicans and fans expressed shock and disbelief at the news of The Purple One.

Staff Writer Gab Bonghi contributed to this report.

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