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Breaking: Prince Dead at 57

Legendary music icon Prince has died. He was 57.

The news was confirmed by his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure.

Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), was hospitalized last week after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. He had been battling a case of the flu and was released a few hours later.

He was found by deputies unresponsive in an elevator at his Minneapolis home early Thursday, Billboard reports. First responders couldn’t revive him.

Known as one of the most iconic musicians in the history of music, Prince’s decades long career began in the 1970s when he hit the scene with the single, “Wanna Be Your Lover.” He went on to become one of the most inventive musicians of his era, launching chart-topping hits like “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “When Doves Cry.”

“Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent,” said Obama, for whom Prince was a White House guest last year. “‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said – and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”

Prince’s legacy doesn’t stop there. He went on to release a series of well-known classic albums including 1999, Sign O The Times, and Purple Rain, which went on to land the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 in 1984. 

The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”

For more than 35 years, Prince continued to entertain the world. He released 39 studio albums and never stopped releasing new material. For the last year and a half, Prince put out four new full-length records with his latest band, 3rd Eye Girl.

Earlier this year, Prince announced that he was writing a memoir, tentatively titled, The Beautiful Ones.

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