By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News April 21, 2016 Updated: 1:18 PM
Prince performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Sunday Feb 7th, 2007. Photo: AP
Prince has died at age 57, his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure has confirmed. Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, April 21st.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said that deputies responded to a 911 call at Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at 9:43 a.m. Thursday, where they found the musician unresponsive in an elevator.
"First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim," a statement from the sheriff's department read. "He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m." There was no cause of death reported, but authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
"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 at the age of 57," his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a statement.
Prince's private jet had to make an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois. The singer was then rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated for the flu, his rep confirmed. He was released three hours later.
The singer, who was on his "Piano and a Microphone" tour," also had to cancel two shows earlier in the month due to the flu. The "Purple Rain" singer's last performance was Thursday night in Atlanta.
Paramedics were called to his Paisley Park studio (pictured) at 9.43 this morning and police confirmed that someone had died. Photo: Fox9
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, producer and actor was recognized as a musical genius, trend setter and advocate for artists’ rights. His indelible impact on pop music culture dates back to when he first surfaced in 1978 with his debut album "For You."
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career and the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.