The publicist for Prince has confirmed his death of the pop music icon today, April 21. The a 57-year-old music star died at his Paisley Park home and studio.
Details of his death are not immediately known but Jason Kamerud, Carver County Chief Deputy told reporters that police responded to a medical call at 9.43am and the crime lab and medical examiner went on scene.
A reporter from local TV station KSTP, Farrah Fazal, tweeted this afternoon that Deputies say they are now doing "death investigation" at Prince's home.
Prince was hospitalized last week after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Released a few hours later, a rep told TMZ that he had been battling a bad case of the flu.
Prince's 1978 debut album For You and self-titled second LP, released in October 1979, kicked off an incredibly prolific run of albums that included 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman, among others, throughout the 1980s at a clip of nearly one per year, evolving with each release.
In 1984 he scored his No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Purple Rain which was released in conjunction with the film of the same name. It cemented him as one of the greatest artists of his generation, earning him two Grammys, and Oscar and a victory over Michael Jackson's Thriller for Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the 1985 American Music Awards.