Prince has passed away, according to multiple sources. He was 57.
The legendary singer was found at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota, according to TMZ. Over the weekend, a plane he was on had to land due to a brief medical emergency, but he was released from the hospital and showed up at a his concert the next day.
I just don’t what to say, man. Pray for his family.
UPDATE: Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirms the sad news.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.”
Here’s the official statement from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office:
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
Prince was an inspiration to many and his memory will live on forever. For now, here’s a few words from some of his contemporaries, fans, and loved ones…
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Devastated over the loss of a true musical legend and pioneer, RIP PRINCE
— Andy $ide$tick (@AndersonPaak) April 21, 2016
I can't believe he has gone. Thank you for everything Prince. You will always be The Greatest #RIPPrince
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) April 21, 2016
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) April 21, 2016
None of prince's albums are available in digital format. You Have to find a physical copy. I appreciate that, bout to go an adventure
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 21, 2016
i can't believe what's happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I'm dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016
This is so heartbreaking? I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P? pic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,
I will miss him. #Prince
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) April 21, 2016
RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) April 21, 2016
Justin Timberlake shared his thoughts on Instagram…
“It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. “Mommy, who is that singing?” Seems weird but it’s true. More than a “once in a lifetime” artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES…”
Frank Ocean offered a heartwarming message on his Tumblr as well…
“I’m not even gonna say rest in peace because it’s bigger than death. I never met the man (I was too nervous the one time I saw him) and I never saw him play live, regrettably. I only know the legends I’ve heard from folks and what I’ve heard and seen from his deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work. my assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else’s opinion of you.. an infectious sentiment that seemed soaked into his clothes, his hair, his walk, his guitar and his primal scream. he wrote my favorite song of all time, ‘When You Were Mine’. It’s a simple song with a simple melody that makes you wish you thought of it first, even though you never would have – a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable. He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration – his denial of the prevailing model… his fight for his intellectual property – ‘slave’ written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol… an all out rebellion against exploitation. A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I’m proud to be a prince fan (stan) for life.”