Just months after the loss of David Bowie, the world is, once again, reeling from the death of another world-renowned, much-loved and iconic music star -- Prince.
The star, whose real name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was found at his Paisley Park, Minneapolis compound. Police were called to his home at around 9.30am yesterday, and his death was confirmed by his publicist a short time later via a statement which said:
"It is with profound sadness that I can confirm the legendary iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57."
A short time later, Carver County sheriff Jim Olsen released a statement on the Prince’s death saying:
"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."
News of his death was first reported by TMZ, and, within minutes, fans and fellow artists flooded social media with messages of condolence.
Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia, the inspiration behind his hit song "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" and with whom he had a son, Boy Gregory, who tragically died at just a week old, led the tributes with a statement which read:
"I can't even think of the words of what I'm feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated. I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He's with our son now."https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/723321879826673666 https://twitter.com/rickspringfield/status/723227872966619136 https://twitter.com/GavinDeGraw/status/723227741080944640 https://twitter.com/BillieJeanKing/status/723348271536594945 https://twitter.com/jermjackson5/status/723306084493045764 https://twitter.com/QuincyDJones/status/723207319429877760 https://twitter.com/KeriHilson/status/723368460286201858 https://twitter.com/BrianWilsonLive/status/723204548605566980 https://twitter.com/kelly_clarkson/status/723324859804225536
In a statement, Aretha Franklin said Prince was:
"...a very, very unique musical individual who was so into his music -- he was music to the max."
"I think that he was a very explorative and as I said he was one of those artists that go into the studio and stayed in the studio -- he would sleep in the studio."
"Myself when I finish recording as an artist I go home and I am through with it until it’s time for me to go back in the studio but some artists just stay in the studio because they love music like that."
Elton John took to Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BEeS8FKgGa6/?taken-by=eltonjohn&hl=en
President Obama posted his thoughts on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/potus/posts/479875112202334
MTV cancelled all its scheduled programming to run a Prince music video and movie marathon in his honor:https://twitter.com/MTV/status/723328477450129408
Elsewhere, venues and iconic locations around the world also paid tribute to the singer by displaying messages outside or turning purple.https://twitter.com/RadioX/status/723233349645557760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/NBCNewYork/status/723361416414003207 https://twitter.com/BuzzFeed/status/723307679746125824 https://twitter.com/DenverWestword/status/723374398258839552 https://twitter.com/photoandmac/status/723372439963471872 https://twitter.com/CurbedSF/status/723372214498684928 https://twitter.com/WORLDSTAR/status/723368866747834369 https://twitter.com/DavePrimeau/status/723366398223781890 https://twitter.com/HistoryInPix/status/723355762697760768
Google changed their doodle:https://twitter.com/GoogleDoodles/status/723286504362119168
NASA also paid their own special tribute:https://twitter.com/Green_Footballs/status/723370883968987137
Even a flight dimmed its cabin lights to purple as a mark of respect:https://twitter.com/cnni/status/723359801015558145
A number of street parties also took place last night and saw hundreds of people gather to play Prince's music and celebrate him and his life.https://twitter.com/AC360/status/723324946739507200 https://twitter.com/Shannononair/status/723320450227539968 https://twitter.com/darrensands/status/723315627658760193
Over on Broadway, the casts of The Color Purple and Hamilton remembered Prince the best way they knew how to -- through song:https://twitter.com/AmyKNelson/status/723353321172410368 https://twitter.com/Joshmedia/status/723352204304736257
Within a matter of hours, Prince was dominating the itunes charts as fans flocked to download his songs.https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/status/723336934802649089
The cause of Prince's death is yet to be confirmed and an autopsy is due to take place today. Meanwhile, fans continue to share their memories and thoughts on a star who was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs or what he felt was right.
Throughout his career, he sold more than 100 million records, released 30 studio albums, won 7 Grammys and a Best Original Score Oscar. The songs he created, either for himself or others -- he wrote "Manic Monday" by The Bangles and "Nothing Compares 2U" by Sinead O'Connor, among others -- means he leaves behind a musical legacy that will live on forever.