Prince, one of the most celebrated music artists of the last three and a half decades, was found dead at his home and studio -- Paisley Park -- in Chanhassen, Minnesota earlier this morning (Thursday, April 21), his publicist confirmed to The Associated Press. He was 57 years old.
According to Billboard, the Carver County Sheriff's department says Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his home. Paramedics tried to revive him using CPR, without success. He was subsequently pronounced dead at approximately 10:07 AM local time. The exact cause of death is not known at this time.
Just last week, Prince wasn't feeling well and had to be hospitalized after an emergency landing in Moline, IL. He was released after a few hours, and a representative reportedly told TMZ that he had been suffering from the flu.
Prince, whose real name was Prince Rogers Nelson, entertained generations of music fans with such hits as Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 You and 1999.
In the '90s, he changed his name to "The Artist formerly known as Prince" with an accompanying symbol following a dispute with Warner Bros. Records. After his publishing contract with the record label expired in 2000, he reverted back to the name Prince.
We'll update this story with more information as it becomes available.