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Singer-songwriter Prince has died at the age of 57 at his home in Minnesota, his publicist has confirmed.

His UK publicist, Anna Meacham, told Sky News the music icon was found dead at his home, Paisley Park, on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis.

She 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.

"There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Prince's death comes days after he suffered a medical emergency that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.

 

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The artist - whose hits included Little Red Corvette, Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry and Sign o' the Times - was known for his wide musical range, controversial lyrics, and eccentricity.

He broke through to pop stardom in the 1980s with his albums 1999 and Purple Rain, which spent 24 weeks at the top of the chart.

Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.

He sold more than 100 million records and won seven Grammy Awards during a music career that spanned more than three decades.

As well as writing numerous hits himself, the singer also proved a source of chart success for others, penning Nothing Compares 2 U for Sinead O'Connor, When You Were Mine for Cydni Lauper and Manic Monday for the Bangles.

Up until recently Prince had still been active musically.

 

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Tributes

Famous names from the world of music and showbiz have been expressing their shock at Prince's death and paying tribute to his extraordinary contribution to music.

Madonna posted a picture on Instagram of the two together and said: "He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song."

Oprah Winfrey tweeted: "Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince."

Kiss frontman Gene Simmonds tweeted: "Sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans."

Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood called him "a good friend" and "such a great performer / guitar player".

 

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Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson also paid also tribute to his diverse talent - "musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce".

Guns N Roses guitarist  Slash said he was "one of the greatest musical talents of my lifetime. Maybe of the 20th century. RIP".

"I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him. #Prince," posted Lionel Richie.

 

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