Music legend Prince has been confirmed dead at the age of 57.
According to TMZ, the icon was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early this morning.
The artist had reportedly been hospitalised six days ago with flu-like symptoms.
— Press Association (@PA) April 21, 2016
Prince -full name Prince Rogers Nelson- fell ill during a private flight and was forced to make an unscheduled landing last Friday, reports the Daily Mail.
The legendary guitarist and vocalist had allegedly been suffering from illness for several weeks, but was thought to be recovering before his flight was diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois.
A statement from Prince’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure read:
It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.
As testament to the reach of his art, social media has been flooded with moving tributes.
— Steve Howey (@stevehowey) April 21, 2016
— AM (@AstonMerrygold) April 21, 2016
Artists like Prince and Bowie are the voices you need when you realize you don't want to be like everybody else. Those voices save lives.
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) April 21, 2016
Prince will never Die
— preHISTORIC (@AziziGibson) April 21, 2016
Long live the Prince. Thank you for the magic you bestowed upon my eyes & ears. The best live show ever witnessed. pic.twitter.com/3ZgxpsLoyk
— Allen Stone (@allen_stone) April 21, 2016
Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life. 😢 💔 #Prince
— Scarlett Byrne (@ScarleyByrne) April 21, 2016
Purple Rain, become Purple tears.
One more legend that says goodbye…
RIP Prince pic.twitter.com/rxG9N25fwh
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) April 21, 2016
— Kellin Quinn (@Kellinquinn) April 21, 2016
When asked what it feels like to be the best guitarist alive, Eric Clapton said, "I don't know. Ask Prince."
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 21, 2016
Saddened to hear of the death of Prince. "Rock Star" and "Legend" are often overused, but, neither one is good enough to describe him. RIP
— Chris Biersack (@ChrisABiersack) April 21, 2016
Yet another sad day in 2016.
Our thoughts are with friends, family, and the millions of fans whose lives were touched by the music of Prince.