Flamboyant pop icon Prince found dead in lift

Pop icon Prince has died.
Pop icon Prince has died. BANG Showbiz

POP icon Prince has died at the age of 57.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died," publicist Anna Meacham said.

Some of Prince's hits included 'Cream' and 'Purple Rain'.

The cause of his death is unknown at this stage.


Entertainment website TMZ said his body was discovered at his compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

A spokesperson confirmed his death to The Independent. "The news is devastatingly true," they said.

Tributes have come in from around the world, including US president Barack Obama.

A statement was released by local authorities.

Prince found in elevator. He could not be revived

"Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21st, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen," the sheriff's office wrote.

"When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am.

"The Carver County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death."

The iconic singer, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, was hospitalised after his jet made an emergency landing on Friday morning.

A spokesperson later said he was suffering from the flu prior to the performance and that the plane landed at Moline so he could receive treatment there. Prince later flew on and returned home.

Born in Minneapolis, Prince became a pop icon in the late 1970s with the hits "Wanna Be Your Lover", cementing his cult status with albums such as 1999 and Purple Rain.


Drawing influence from pop, R&B, soul, disco and jazz, his originality, flamboyant stage presence and instrumental talent made him one of the most unique musicians in the last four decades.

A prolific songwriter, Prince also wrote a string of hit songs for other singers.

His sexually free lyrics interspersed with funk, rock, pop and soul only served to increase his popularity and Prince continued to be one of the most of the most enduring musicians over forty years.

He released his first major studio album, For You, in 1978, recorded without a band. The album was not a huge commercial success and Prince released his eponymous album in 1979, which went on to reach number four in the Billboard Soul LP charts.

Rolling Stone declared Prince "one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time, and also one of the most mysterious".

Prince was born into a musical family: his father led a Minneapolis jazz band which his mother sang in. By seven he was playing the piano and by 14 guitar and drums - all three without ever receiving lessons on any.

Prince's refusal to confirm became one of his defining characteristics; he defiantly changed his name to a symbol that no-one could pronounce without any concern for the reaction this decision might receive.

Themes in his third album Dirty Mind included oral sex such as the song "Head", ensuring many were considered too obscene for airplay. Unperturbed, he continued to release tracks with sexual subtexts which began climbing charts.

But it was the album Purple Rain, released in 1984, that saw Prince propelled to the top of the charts and secured his place in music history.

The album, which included hits When Doves Cry and Let's Go Crazy, appeared on a number of greatest album lists and earned the singer his first two of many Grammy awards.

But Prince's powerful draw was about more than just his music, it was his indomitable presence; the ubiquitous Prince symbol, his flair, and glam rock aesthetic marked him out throughout the 80s and 90s and until his death today. 

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