Prince Rogers Nelson, better known by the mononym Prince, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis today. His death was first reported by TMZ and later confirmed by the Associated Press. He was 57 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but the singer and guitar player was on a flight home from Atlanta last week when the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing so that he could be brought to a hospital. Prince’s publicist had said the he was suffering from the flu. He made an appearance at a concert the next day.
Starting in the late 70s Prince released several classic albums, including “Dirty Mind,” “Sign ‘o the Times,” “1999” and “Purple Rain,” combining soul, rock ‘n roll, funk and new wave into a sound that was both enormously influential and widely popular. He sold over 100 million albums in his career, thanks to hits such as “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette” and “1999.” His most recent release was the two album set HITNRUN Phase One and Two in 2015.