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Prince has died at the age of 57, The Recording Academy Responds

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Dearly beloved, Prince Rogers Nelson has died. Known the world over as Prince the often elusive musical virtuoso had been on tour when he fell ill. Less than a week after a plane made an emergency landing so that he could be treated for Flu, the music legend was found dead at his Paisley Park Compound in his native Minnesota, reports TMZ.  An emergency call was made, but the "Purple Rain" singer was dead on arrival.  The cause of death  has not been released.
Prince Rogers Nelson, June 7, 1958 - April 12, 2016

The artist's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed his passing in a statement: "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."

Local news station WTVR reports the community is in shock over his passing since Prince had just had a party on Saturday.  They say say he showed off his new guitar, introduced new music  and went to bed not feeling well.

Fans have started gathering across the street from Paisley Park where Prince often welcomed them for free concerts.

Musically innovative, Prince introduced a blend of Rock and R&B with his guitar being the feature of his  signature style. Few  Black front men played an instrument and sang and no one did it like Prince.  During his hey day, Prince's name was only uttered  in the same breath as the late Michael Jackson who became a close friend.

Drawn to both eroticism and eccentricity in 1993  Prince  changed his name to an un-pronounceable emblem that morphed together the symbols for male and female. He responded to the title "The Artist Formerly Known at Prince" or "The Artist" for early a decade.

Prince sold over 100 million records in his over 30 year career and earned a slew of accolades, including  seven Grammy Awards.  



 The Recording Academy released the following statement: 

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Prince
April 21, 2016

Our GRAMMY® family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


The Slice joins the millions of fans around the world in mourning this great loss.