Singer and song writer Prince, known to have revolutionized popular music, passed away Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis. He was 57.
In a statement, his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said, “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.”
The singer, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was found unconscious by deputies and medics, who were dispatched to his compound, in an elevator. The efforts trying to revive him were unsuccessful; and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Speaking with People in April 2009, Prince talked about the struggles he endured while suffering from epilepsy in his childhood. He had to cancel two shows, scheduled for April 7 this year, as a result of his illness; he wanted to appear at the concert scheduled for April 14 notwithstanding his troubled health. Struggling from influenza and respiratory issues, he was also taken to the hospital on Friday after his plane made an emergency landing at Illinois’ Quad City International Airport, as reported by USA Today.
Although the flu season this year has not been as strong, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the vaccine to treat it has been more effective. However, it hasn’t been made clear whether Prince had had the vaccine this year, as reported by FOX News.
The center also notes that antiviral drugs or prescription drugs should be taken to treat the flu; failing to do so can increase the chances of contracting illnesses like pneumonia.
MTV spoke highly of Prince, referring to him as a “once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations.”
He is the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, and was also inducted into the 2004 Rock Hall of Fame. He received the Academy Award for best original song for Purple Rain (1984). Some of his greatest hits include Little Red Corvette, Lets Go Crazy and Kiss and 1999. He has also collaborated with other singers and written for them.