Prince dead at 57

The artist Prince, 57 years old, has died at his Minnesota home, according to Sheriff. 

Prince was battling the flu for the past week and may have contributed to his death. 

Prince had hits like “1999”, “Little Red Corvette” In 1982, and completely broke out in 1984 with the movie and music of “Purple Rain”. 

Prince was known for crossing over music genres of funk, pop, blues and rock. He was a virtuoso of 27 instruments including guitar, bass, piano and would record all his performances to create his music recordings. 

His creativity and performances have inspired millions. He wrote much of his music for other musicians that became hits like “Manic Monday” for the Bangles, “No One Compares To You” for Sinead O’Connor.  

Prince was know for his live performances and recently had a string of shows in Vegas. He performed live regularly at his Paisley Park Studios and at 57 had no signs of slowing down. 

Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince number 27 of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Prince has released and performed live music every year since 1978.

Singer Prince performs in a surprise appearance on the ”American Idol” television show finale at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California in this May 24, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/CHRIS PIZZELLO/FILES



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