After influencing countless artists over the span of a decades-long career, Prince, an iconic singer, songwriter and music producer, was found dead inside his Minnesota home today. He was 57.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter a death at Prince’s Paisley Park home early this afternoon. About one hour later, deputies confirmed that the musician had died. Deputies say the death is under investigation. A cause of death has not been released.
The shocking news came less than a week after a plane he was on made an emergency stop and he was briefly hospitalized but it’s not clear if that hospital visit is at all related to his death. According to the New York Times, Prince’s spokeswoman said he was fighting the flu last week.
“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” said a statement from President Barack Obama posted to Facebook. “Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”
The pop culture icon managed to transcend genre and innovate in a way that very few artist are ever able to in their careers. He is known for his platinum albums countless hit songs including “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain,” which was also a movie that depicted a fictionalized version of Prince’s life.
“As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all,” Obama said in his statement. “Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer… nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”
Well, we here at Miami Attractions definitely count ourselves among the fans who miss him. Our thoughts are with his family also.