Just one month after his surprise concert rocked Toronto, beloved singer Prince has passed away at age 57. The "Raspberry Beret" singer died at his home in Chanhassen, Minneapolis on Thursday (Apr. 21), his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure told the Associated Press. A death investigation had been underway at his Paisley Park studios earlier in the day before Prince was confirmed dead.
"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," Yvette said in a statement. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."
The GRAMMY-winning artist known for his gender-bending aesthetic, afro of curls and legendary prowess on the guitar and piano had been fighting a flu over the past few weeks. Prince's plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois to rush the musical icon to the hospital last week, which was confirmed to People at the time.
Fans are reeling over the news, including famous faces like Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Shonda Rhimes. Prince had been touring this year with his "Piano and a Microphone" show before cancelling performances due to his illness.
The "When Doves Cry" singer found success in the 1970s thanks to his unique sound and wide range of influences (think The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.) The multi-instrumentalist was one of the industry's most creative talents, topping the charts and greatest musician lists but also taking home an Academy Award in 1985 for "Purple Rain" and a Golden Globe for Happy Feet's "Song of the Heart" in 2007.
Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.