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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He was flying home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia, on 15 April when he was taken ill.
The singer was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and released hours later.
At the time a representative assured fans he was feeling much better and was resting at home.
Television pictures from the scene on Friday showed fans gathering across the road from his home in the rain, with a number of dark-coloured cars parked inside the compound.
Widely regarded as one of the most naturally talented artists of all time, Prince, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, was self-taught and produced and composed much of his music.
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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.
Prince’s most recent album HITnRUN: Phase Two was released in December 2015, and he had been on tour in the US as recently as last week.
He was in the process of writing an untitled autobiography which was set to be published in 2017.