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.
BREAKING: Publicist: Pop music superstar Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2016
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."
Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/Lvlls0wiiZ
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) April 21, 2016
The musician's untimely death was felt across social media, both locally and across the country.
Wish we wouldn't wait till someone's gone to admire, love and appreciate R.I.P to the legend #Prince
— Spence (@sdotbig5) April 21, 2016
— Ronald Garlit (@The_Ron) April 21, 2016
— Jedi Mind Tricks (@jmthiphop) April 21, 2016
— Phila Museum of Art (@philamuseum) April 21, 2016
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.
— TheCurrent (@TheCurrent) April 21, 2016
Local radio station WXPN is also streaming Prince's music Thursday.
— nprmusic (@nprmusic) April 21, 2016
Musicans and fans expressed shock and disbelief at the news of The Purple One.
Long Live The King.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 21, 2016
Only now do we know what it sounds like When Doves Cry — the absence of music from loss of The Artist. RIP Prince (1958-2016)
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 21, 2016
— Cypress Hill ™ (@cypresshill) April 21, 2016
None of prince's albums are available in digital format. You Have to find a physical copy. I appreciate that, bout to go an adventure
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 21, 2016
We lost one of the greatest Artists who ever lived. Prince's music was the soundtrack to my life. RIP, Royal genius. Nothing compared 2 U...
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 21, 2016
Words fail with a loss of this magnitude. Prince was a rare genius, & despite news reports will absolutely live forever. Thanks for the joy
— Hozier (@Hozier) April 21, 2016
The amount of songs I have written in my career where I was trying to "do what Prince would do".... I've lost count
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) April 21, 2016
Unbelievable just heard about PRINCE. Strength and light to his family/loved ones. One of my favs and a true pioneering artist. RIP brotha.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 21, 2016
Running out of living musical heroes, those we measure everything against, emulate, know we won't surpass but inspire us to try. #prince
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) April 21, 2016
Prince is the father of so many styles. A true creative genius. A musical mastermind. One of the greatest performers of all time.
— Blake Anderson (@UncleBlazer) April 21, 2016
This guitar solo. https://t.co/tBlrAbEaTJ
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) April 21, 2016
I'm shocked to hear that Prince passed at such a young age. Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) April 21, 2016
— Carrot Top (@RealCarrotTop) April 21, 2016
Staff Writer Gab Bonghi contributed to this report.
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