The iconic musician Prince was found dead today, Thursday, at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis, his publicist confirms. He was 57. The cause of death is not yet known but it was documented that just a week ago, the singer’s private plane made an emergency landing as reports said he was suffering dehydration and was getting over the flu. He was released after three hours and flew home, where he was recovering. He’d canceled some dates of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour in early April because of the flu, TMZ previously reported.
Prince released his debut album in 1978 and embarked on a career that would define and redefine pop, rock, R&B, funk, soul and nearly every musical genre imaginable unlike any other artist to this day.
He was proficient at multiple instruments and released multiple albums that saw rave reviews and success. He even left the major labels to pursue an indie career which was also successful. Prince performed, produced and wrote nearly all of his own songs at the beginning of his career and would go on to build a music empire out of his home near Minneapolis as he expanded his musical vocabulary. Four of his albums topped the Billboard 200, and the RIAA awarded 20 of his LPs with gold, platinum and multiplatinum plaques.
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