Legendary Artist Prince Dies at Age 57

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Music legend and star of the seminal 80s movie Purple Rain, Prince died Thursday, April 21 at the age of 57.

Reports first circulated that Minnesota sheriffs were investigating a death at the legendary singer’s Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis. TMZ.com was the first outlet to confirm the death. His passing was later confirmed to the Associated Press by his publicist.

Last week the man born Prince Rodgers Nelson was hospitalized in Illinois with what was reported as the flu.

While he had some chart success before Purple Rain, the semi-autobiographical film and accompanying soundtrack album became his launchpad to legend.

In all, the prolific musician released 39 studio albums, four live albums between 1978 and 2016.

Fans from all walks expressed their grief in the after the first reports of his passing first started to trickle out.

Prince’s last national television performance was an eight-minute set on the Chris Rock hosted Saturday Night Live. One of his most memorable performances was at the Super Bowl in 2007.

 

Craig Wack

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