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Prince Dead: ‘Purple Rain’ Icon & Oscar Winner Passes Away at 57

Prince Dead: 'Purple Rain' Icon & Oscar Winner Passes Away at 57

Prince has died. The singer’s body was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, his publicist confirmed the tragic new to the Associated Press. He was 57-years old.

The cause is yet unknown. 

Authorities at the Carver County Sherrif’s Office are investigating the death and at this time haven’t released any additional details. Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told CBS Minnesota that deputies arrived at Prince’s recording compound at 9:45 AM, local time, to respond to a medical situation. 

On April 15, the artist had a medical emergency that at the time forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. The next day he appeared in concert to reassure his fans that he was ok. Later his reps told outlets that he was battling the flu. He had previously cancelled two shows due to health concerns. 

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The icon started his impressive career in the ‘80s releasing hits like “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry” and “Little Red Corvette.” He made his film debut in the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” a cult classic about a young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, whose band is on the rise. The feature is the only film that he starred in and didn’t direct. The movie won him an Oscar for Best Original Score.

The director and songwriter also appeared in “Under the Cherry Moon,” “Graffiti Bridge,” the sequel to “Purple Rain,” and had a guest role on “New Girl.” He is a Golden Globe winner, seven-time Grammy winner and two of his albums “1999” and “Purple Rain” were awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He released over 39 studio albums and his latest, “HITnRUN Phase Two,” was released on Dec. 12 of last year. The superstar had recently announced that he was working on a memoir, tentatively titled “The Beautiful Ones.”

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