The tragic news comes after the singer was hospitalized a week ago after his private plane made an emergency landing after a show in Moline, Illinois.
There had been reports that he was suffering from the flu and a bout of dehydration. He was released from hospital after three hours and was reported to have been recovering at home.
He had cancelled some dates of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour early this month due to a health complaint similar to that of the flu.
With a career spanning nearly four decades, Prince has become an icon of artistry and individuality which can be compared somewhat to that of the late David Bowie. With his debut album released in 1978, Prince had covered almost every aspect of music, from pop to rock, R&B to soul and more.
He was no stranger to controversy, and in perhaps one of his most well-known stunts had renamed himself as an unpronounceable symbol at a time which saw him protesting his recording contract.
Despite his decision to change his name in to a symbol, Prince will forever be known for his symbolic music which often embraced aspects of sexuality that other musicians prior hadn’t dared.
At the peak of his career in the early 1980s, Prince also starred in the 1984 academy award winning blockbuster, “Purple Rain”, and went on to appear in 1986’s Under the Cherry Moon, and later, Graffiti Bridge in 1990 – the latter of the two were directed by himself.
In his lifetime, Prince won several awards for his music, the first of which was a Grammy for his Purple Rain album in 1984, and later a Grammy for writing “I Feel For You”, which was made famous by Chaka Khan.
It is with no doubt that Prince will go down as being one of the modern greats, with a music collection spanning over thirty years and with countless hits under his belt, the star will be sourly missed by the music community worldwide.
Rest in Peace – Prince – June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016