American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor, Prince Rogers Nelson, known famously as Prince, is dead. He was 57.
Prince has died at his estate in Minnesota, United States , just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with severe flu. Paramedics were called out to the music icon’s Paisley Park estate at 9.43am and Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there had been a fatality.
The singer, who was known for his sexually charged lyrics and electric performances, made a final public appearance at a show on Sunday, where he did not sing, but said: ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers’
He was aboard his private flight when he fell ill, forcing it to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois on Friday morning.
TMZ reported that the seven-time Grammy award winning singer’s plane diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, to make the emergency landing.
He had had been suffering from flu for a number of weeks and was believed to be recovering, but took a turn for the worse in the early hours of Friday.
Prince, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, was treated for three hours before being released.
Initial reports on his condition painted a much graver pictures, with one source claiming at the time he was ‘not doing well’.
The Purple Rain hitmaker had performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta on last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows – and had seemed fine during the concert.
Prince was known for his sexually charged lyrics and was romantically linked to a number of stars, including Madonna, Sinead O’Connor, Kim Basinger and Carmen Electra, among a number of other people.
Prince married backup dance Mayte Garcia on Valentine’s Day in 1996. He dedicated the song he Most Beautiful Girl in the World to her two years earlier.
They split in 2000 and he went on to marry Manuela Testolini a year later. They divorced in 2006