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Legendary musician Prince dead at 57

Legendary musician Prince dead at 57

Posted by PanamericanWorld on April 22, 2016

American singer-songwriter and musician Prince, an eccentric but multi-talented artist who produced a string of genre-fusing hits in the 1980s, died Thursday at his residence in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 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," the artist's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a brief statement that did not indicate the cause of death.

The musician suffered a medical emergency on April 15 that forced his plane to make an abrupt landing in Illinois, but he gave a concert - part of his "Piano & a Microphone" tour - the following day after a short hospital stay.

Sources close to the artist said later that he had been suffering from a bout of the flu for several weeks.

Prince, who fused elements of rock, R&B, soul, funk and other genres to create a sound uniquely his own and also garnered attention for his sexually charged lyrics and music videos, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Besides being a prolific and influential musician who released 39 studio albums and sold more than 100 million records, Prince also was known for his flamboyant wardrobe and predilection for the color purple.

His most successful era was the 1980s, when he released a series of albums that would go platinum (1 million albums sold): "1999," "Purple Rain," "Around the World in a Day," "Parade," "Sign o' the Times," and "Batman."

Both "Purple Rain," and "Batman" were soundtracks to like-named films, the former a fictionalized account of Prince's life story.

His hit songs from that era include "When Doves Cry," "Little Red Corvette" and "Let's Go Crazy."

The native of Minneapolis burst on the pop music scene in the late 1970s with the album "For You," in which he sang vocals and played all 27 instruments - from electric and acoustic guitar, piano and drums to congas and wind chimes - used in making the recording.

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