The Associated Press reports authorities were investigating a death at the musician’s Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, April 21, after a body was discovered.
Local authorities were waiting to contact the deceased person’s next of kin before releasing the name.
TMZ has confirmed through multiple sources that it was Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson.
Prince’s private jet had to make a medical emergency landing in Illinois on April 15, but it was later reported that he was doing fine. His reps told TMZ that he was dealing with the flu.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No additional information was released.
The singer launched his career in 1978 with the release of the album, “For You.” He went on to release 38 additional albums.
His hits included “Soft and Wet,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Controversy,” “Delirious,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Pop Life.” “1999,” “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “Kiss,” “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” and countless others.
His mainstream success began to soar with the release of the 1984 film “Purple Rain,”which he starred in. It grossed more than $80 million at the box office in the United States.
Prince taught himself to play the piano, guitar and drums beginning at the age of seven.
In addition to his own career, Prince, played a major role in the success of the groupVanity 6, it’s lead singer Vanity and Sheila E.
Over the years he toured constantly and become known for his dynamic live shows.
During his career Prince won seven Grammys and sold over 100 million records. In 2004 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.