Pop Superstar Prince Dies At Home Aged 57

Singer-songwriter Prince has died at the age of 57 at his home in suburban Minneapolis, his publicist has confirmed.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Associated Press news agency the music icon was found dead at his home on Thursday in Chanhassen.

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It comes days after he suffered a medical emergency that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.

He was flying home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia, on 15 April when he was taken ill.

The singer was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and released hours later.

The Carver County Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter that an investigation was under way on Thursday morning.

They told the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that the identity of the deceased was being withheld until next of kin had been told.

Price, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, broke through to pop stardom in the 1980s with his albums 1999 and Purple Rain, which spent 24 weeks at the top of the chart.

The title track from 1999 includes one of the most widely quoted sayings in popular culture: "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

He was known for his wide musical range, controversial lyrics, and eccentricity.

Widely regarded as one of the most naturally talented artists of all time, he was self-taught and produced and composed much of his music.

Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.

"He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties," the Hall's dedication said.

"Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative."

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