Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has died. He was 57. The legendary Purple Rain pop star died Thursday after he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
According to authorities, paramedics tried to perform CPR but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m., less than 30 minutes after sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at the scene.
No details were immediately given for the cause of death, although last week he was rushed to hospital apparently recovering from a bout of flu that had forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.
A week ago, Prince gave what would be his final public performance. He played two sets in one night at the Fox Theater in Atlanta making up for shows canceled earlier in the month. Addressing the crowd that evening, Prince said he had been “a little under the weather” on April 7, when the shows were originally scheduled, but added, “We’re here now”.
While no cause of death has been given, Jason Kamerud, chief deputy for the Carver County Sheriff’s office, said the local medical examiner would be conducting an autopsy today.
An outpouring of grief followed as fans paid tribute to the singer who masterfully blended rock, R&B, jazz, funk and pop.