Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in May 2013
Prince has died at the age of 57 for unknown reasons CREDIT: CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP
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22 APRIL 2016 • 2:33AM
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Prince, the pioneering musician, has died at his home at the age of 57, days after being rushed to hospital after falling ill on tour.
The singer, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, was confirmed dead at Paisley Park in Minnesota, at the estate where he lived and worked in a recording studio, after his body was found unresponsive.
TMZ, the gossip site, claimed that he had been treated for a drug overdose days before his death.
They said his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois on Friday so that the singer could be taken to hospital for a “save shot” – typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate. Doctors wanted him to remain in hospital, but when they were unable to provide a private room Prince and his entourage left.
His publicists have not responded to the claims.
And outside his estate, fans laid purple flowers on Thursday around the compound in tribute, as they flocked to console one another, with musicians around the world hailing Prince and his legacy.
The singer was one of the best-selling artists of all time with countless hits including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Kiss.
He was a source of hits for others, from Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U to Cyndi Lauper’s When You Were Mine. He also wrote Manic Monday for the Bangles.
Fans had initially held out hope news of the death, first reported by US celebrity website TMZ, was a hoax, after several false rumours over the last few years.
But on Thursday night, Prince’s publicist released a statement saying: “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.”