UPDATE 1:47 p.m.: Prince’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure has issued a statement. It reads: “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.”
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, Prince was an icon who crossed all musical boundaries, exploding in popularity in the ’80s with classic albums 1999, Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times. His main rival was Michael Jackson, who addressed the musical feud directly in his video for the song “Bad,” where Wesley Snipes portrayed a character loosely based on Prince.
In his illustrious career as a performer, Prince sold more than 100 million records worldwide, won seven Grammys, and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
As we await more info, watch Prince’s spectacular performance at the Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show.