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According to several reports, Prince has died at age 57.

Authorities responded earlier today to reports of a fatality at his Paisley Park complex outside Minneapolis. According to TMZ (which cites multiple sources), he has been pronounced dead.

“We are not releasing any information regarding the identity of the person who died until next of kin is notified,” spokesman Jason Kamerud said.

TMZ reported the singer had died at age 57.

According to Fox 31 in Denver, Prince was released from the hospital and returned to his Minnesota home after making an emergency landing in Illinois. Prince has been fighting the flu for several weeks, even canceling two shows in Atlanta last week, his representative told TMZ. Those shows were pushed to Thursday, and, although still not feeling well, he performed anyway for a packed Fox Theatre crowd.

After boarding his private plane to fly home, the singer’s condition worsened, and the pilot made an unscheduled stop around 1 a.m. at Quad City International Airport in Moline. After receiving treatment, Prince was back on the plane three hours later.

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis June 7, 1958, and by the time he was a teenager he was playing guitar with the local funk group 94 East. Prince issued his first solo album For You in 1979. He reached worldwide success behind such hits as “Raspberry Beret,” “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Purple Rain.” Never one to shy from controversy, for a period of time beginning in 1993 he began referring to himself as an unpronounceable symbol, in part due to conflicts with his record label.

Prince won several Grammy Awards and was honored with an Academy Award and Golden Globe. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Fame in 2004.

Prince Dead at 57, Say Multiple Sources
Source: Guitar World