Pop-funk icon Prince died today, April 21, 2016, at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota.
He was 57.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Prince gained superstar status in 1984 with his rock musical “Purple Rain.” The soundtrack produced two No. 1 singles, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” Prince was known for his flamboyant stage presence and suggestive lyrics. His music combined elements of R&B, gospel, funk, hip-hop, psychedelia, jazz and pop.
He came on the scene in 1978, releasing “For You,” followed by the self-titled “Prince” in 1979, “Dirty Mind” in 1980 and “Controversy” in 1982.
On Thursday night, April 14, Prince performed a concert in Atlanta and appeared fine. Early the next morning, his private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, and he was rushed to the hospital with unknown heath concerns. Unconfirmed reports at the time said he had flu symptoms.
Prince earned seven Grammy awards in a career that spanned more than three decades.