For nearly 4 decades, Prince was a major figure in the music industry. He was an American singer and songwriter, renowned for his eclectic style, extravagant stage presence and incredible vocal range.
He was discovered early Thursday morning, April 21, in his Minnesota home.
While no announcement has yet been made as to the cause of his death, there seems to be no indication of foul play.
Earlier in the month, Prince had been sick with the flu. He had to be rushed to the hospital, forcing his private plane to make an emergency landing in Illinois. However, he appeared in concert the next day, all the while assuring his fans that he was in good health.
Prince – A History
Prince was no doubt one of best-selling artists of all time, with over 100 million records sold around the world. He had an early start in the music business, releasing his first album in 1978. He went on to release a number of successful records and songs, including Purple Rain in 1984.
He won 7 Grammy’s, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. In 2004 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was ranked number 27 out of 100 by Rolling Stone on their list of the greatest artists of all time.
His music style was certainly unique as it combined R&B, soul, funk, rock, hip hop, disco, jazz and more.
At the ceremony for his induction into the Hall of Fame, he closed it by performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”