BREAKING: Publicist: Pop music superstar Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
The Minnesota-born music icon was 57.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office responded to a "medical situation" at Paisley Park around 10 a.m. Thursday. County dispatch broadcast the incident by saying “a medical, Paisley Park … for a male down not breathing," the Star Tribune reports.
Here's an account of the incident from the official Carver Country press release:
"Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive male in the elevator. First responders attempt to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen."
Prince was briefly hospitalized last Friday after an unscheduled plane landing in Illinois. He was reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms. He threw a dance party at Paisley Park the following night.
“Wait a few days before you waste any prayers," Prince said during a brief speech at Saturday's party, according to the Star Tribune. The Strib said Prince wanted to prove that reports of his diminishing health were exaggerated.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in 1958 in Minneapolis. He's considered one of the greatest and most innovative performers, songwriters, and musicians to ever live. Among the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's career accolades: Seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.
Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement following Prince's death:
“Prince, and his music, defined an era. His tremendous talent was matched only by his generosity and commitment to improving his community. Minnesotans and our nation mourn the loss of a great artist today; one who has left an unforgettable mark on music history, and whose contributions to the betterment of our state will be remembered for years to come.”
President Barack Obama posted this remembrance to Facebook:
First Avenue, the Twin Cities rock club Prince made internationally famous with his 1984 film/album Purple Rain, posted this heartfelt goodbye to Facebook:
2016 has already seen the deaths of music legends David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg, Natalie Cole, Lemmy Kilmister, Merle Haggard, and one-time Prince protegé Vanity.