Mon. 4/21/2016, 3:52pm—On April 21, 2016, pop-music icon Prince was reportedly found unressponsive by authorities at his studio in Minnesota. He was pronounced as officially deceased at approximately 10:07am, according to a report by Larry McShane of the Daily News.
The breaking news was first reported by the celebrity paparazzi media outlet TMZ, who picked up the 911 call at about 9:49am. It has been reported that the musician had been battling the flu for the past week, which has been labeled, at this point, as the cause of his death. As per TMZ:
The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.
Since then, major news sources like CNN and ABC News have reported on the artist’s passing, and although no confirmed reports have led to foul play in the singer’s death, the story continues to develop.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 21, 2016
It is a truly devastating and sad day for the music community. A man of true passion and spiritual creativity, the world will forever benefit from his contributions. Celebrities and artists react:
And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Unbelievable just heard about PRINCE. Strength and light to his family/loved ones. One of my favs and a true pioneering artist. RIP brotha.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
My friend is gone…This is what it sounds like, when doves cry. He was my
— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,
I will miss him. #Prince
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) April 21, 2016
R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016
Ths average of death for an entertainer is 57. The music legend @prince died at his home today. He was 57.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Tune into HiFiveInsider for more on this story as we pay tribute to a musical legend.