"Today, the world lost a creative icon," US President Barack Obama said in a statement

Pop music icon Prince dies days after reported treatment for drug overdoseImage: Flickr/Scott Penner
news Music Friday, April 22, 2016 - 07:13

Popular singer, songwriter and performer Prince, died on Thursday in Minnesota at his Paisley Park studio and estate after he was found unresponsive in an elevator.

According to CNN, Paramedics tried to perform CPR on the 57-year-old, but were unable to revive him.

"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," his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement.

The New York Times wrote:

Across a career of more than 35 years, Prince released 39 albums while being lauded not only for his songs, but their visual presentation both onstage and on camera. His 1984 film “Purple Rain” is widely considered one of the best and most influential music films ever, while its accompanying soundtrack spawned the No. 1 hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

The entire transcript of the 911 call made by the people who found the singer dead, has also been released.

Quoting sources, TMZ claimed that Prince was treated for a drug overdose, a few days before his death.

The media outlet reported that Prince's private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, following which he was rushed to a hospital where doctors gave him a "save shot" - typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.

Many musicians and fans from around the world have offered their condolences and expressed grief at the musician's death.

US President Barack Obama also put out a statement, where he said:

Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.


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