This is too much! Singer, songwriter, actor and massive legend Prince is dead at 57.
Prince was at his estate in Minnesota. Sources told TMZ that his body was found this morning at his Paisley Park studio. Paramedics were called out at 9:43am this morning.
Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there had been a fatality. A forensics team and a medical examiner are at the scene, Fox 9 reported.
Prince’s full name Prince Rogers Nelson was hospitalized six days ago with flu symptoms. He was aboard his private flight when he fell ill, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Illinois on Friday morning. He was treated for three hours before being released.
Andrea Swensson, a local music reporter for MPR News’ sister station The Current has also confirmed the death.
I have unfortunately just confirmed first hand with one of his oldest friends that Prince is dead.
— Andrea Swensson (@SlingshotAnnie) April 21, 2016
TMZ reported the singer’s plane diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, to make the emergency landing.
He had had been suffering from flu for a number of weeks and was believed to be recovering, but took a turn for the worse in the early hours of Friday.
Initial reports on his condition painted a much graver pictures, with one source claiming at the time he was ‘not doing well’.
The Purple Rain singer had performed at The Fox Theater in Atlanta on last Thursday night, the second of two back to back sold out shows and appeared to be fine during the concert.
Prince was married twice, the first time to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia who appeared on Hollywood Exes. They divorced in 2000. He then married Manuela Testolini, they divorced in 2006, she is now married to singer Eric Benet.
There was a blind gossip a few days ago, detailing a black celebrity would die by the summer due to AIDs, many guessed it was Prince.
“According to a person extremely close to the situation, the celebrity, who is known for having a very extreme sexual past reportedly contracted the illness sometime in the 1990s. He kept the illness quiet but began taking his medication religiously up until about 2 years ago. Here’s what we’re told by a VERY trusted entertainment insider:
[The celebrity] believed that he was cured, and he had some crazy [religious] people who told him that God cured him. So he stopped taking his medication and the sickness came back. Now doctors say he’s dying, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
We’re told that the celebrity is expected to get sicker and sicker, and eventually pass. It can happen as soon as the summer.”
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