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Prince found dead at Minnesota estate inside elevator

Singer Prince performing at the Way out West Festival held at Slottskogen Gothenburg Gothenburg, Sweden 12.08.11 Featuring: Singer Prince Where: United Kingdom When: 12 Aug 2011 Credit: WENN

Prince was found dead at his home Thursday morning in Paisley Park in Carver County, Minnesota.

The Sheriff's department confirmed the music legend was found "unresponsive in an elevator at his studios." First responders weren't able to revive him.

He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. Central Time.


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The recording artist was 57 years old.

The news was first reported by TMZ.

The singer's publicist also confirmed his death to the Associated Press.

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Last week, Prince -- whose full name is Prince Rogers Nelson -- was rushed to an Illinois hospital after making an emergency plane landing. It was reported that he was fighting the flu for several weeks. It's unclear if his death and his reported illness are related.

The man born Prince Rogers Nelson stood just 5 feet, 2 inches and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: "Sign O' the Times," ''Graffiti Bridge" and "The Black Album."


He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote "slave" on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros., before returning a few years ago.

"What's happening now is the position that I've always wanted to be in," Prince told The Associated Press in 2014. "I was just trying to get here."

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In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, 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," reads the Hall's dedication. "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."

The White House released the following statement responding to the news of his death:

Today, the world lost a creative icon. 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. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
"A strong spirit transcends rules," Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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