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Music’s legend, Prince died around 10 a.m. as he was entering his recording studio He reportedly collapsed in his elevator, and first responders were unable to revive him.
The musician, singer, songwriter had recently been hospitalized for the flu.
He leaves a career still in progress behind that had won him seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Prince was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on Dec. 7, 2010. Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
Prince performed at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 4, 2007. In 2015, Billboard.com ranked the performance as the greatest Super Bowl performance ever.
Besides Purple Rain the pop rock star was known for albums and songs such as “1999,” “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” songs like “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “U Got the Look”.
Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis. Prince’s father was a pianist and songwriter, and his mother was a jazz singer. Prince was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers.
Prince covered the late David Bowie’s “Heroes” when he was performing in concert at Toronto on March 25, of this year. Prince did 55 songs in the two concerts including Bob Marley and the Wailer’s “Waiting In Vain.”
He was conducting a piano and mic tour. His final show was in Atlanta, Ga., on April 14 where he closed the Fox Theater show with “Purple Rain.”
According to reports the singer was on his way back from Atlanta when his private jet landed at 1:35 a. m. on April 15 at Quad City International Airport and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The website TMZ quotes several anonymous sources saying that Prince had been given a “save” shot for an overdose. The airplane took off from Moline, Ill., 10 hours later.
A medical examiner conducted an autopsy on Prince on Friday to determine cause of death. Results are not yet known.Toxicology reports could take weeks.
Prince was in the midst of writing his memoirs which he had tentatively titled “The Beautiful Ones” for a projected 2017 publication date.