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Prince dead at 57

Published 21/04/2016

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Prince

The soul icon passed away after a battle with ill health.

Soul legend Prince has died at the age of 57.

Medics responded to an emergency call from his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday morning (21Apr16), amid reports of a death at the property.

Now multiple reports have confirmed Prince has passed away, a week after he suffered a mid-air health scare following a gig, which prompted the pilot of his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.

The superstar was heading home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia on 15 April (16) when he was taken ill and had to be hospitalised. His representative subsequently assured fans the singer was battling a nasty bout of the flu. He was released shortly after receiving treatment and returned home to recuperate.

According to TMZ.com, Prince had also cancelled a pair of shows prior to his Atlanta performance due to illness.

However, the health scare didn't stop Prince from pressing ahead with a party at his Paisley Park studios on Saturday (16Apr16).

Prince, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, shot to fame in 1982 after the huge success of his breakthrough album, 1999.

He scored a string of hits, including Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, selling over 100 million records during his career, and picking up seven Grammy Awards.

He also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.

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