The music world has suffered yet another immeasurable loss as rock, funk and pop pioneer, Prince, has passed away at the age of 57.
“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,” reads a statement issued by Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, to The Associated Press.
Prince’s cause of death is still unknown, but last week his private jet made an emergency landing, which resulted in the musician being taken to hospital. At that point a representative for Prince said he was suffering from the flu.
Over the course of Prince’s illustrious career, he released 39 solo studio albums, along with numerous live albums, compilations and other special projects. His final albums released were his 2015 offerings “HITnRUN Phase One” and “HITnRUN Phase Two.”
While his musical catalogue is vast, Prince is perhaps best known for his string of timeless classics like “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Little Red Corvette” and many more. Prince also wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a song made famous by Irish vocalist Sinead O’Connor.
Musicians, public figures and various organizations far and wide have begun paying tribute to Prince through a series of heartfelt social media posts: