When Doves Cry… Prince Dead at 57

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Prince has died at 57, according to his publicist.

"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."

The statement was released by Prince's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.

Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota early Thursday, according to TMZ.

A death investigation was underway Thursday at the Minnesota recording studio of Prince, who was hospitalized last week.

The death investigation at Paisley Park in Chanhassen was first reported by Minneapolis television station KMSP.

Authorities responded to a medical call at 9:43 a.m. local time, Carver County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told KMSP. The crime lab and medical examiner are both on scene.

Prince was rushed to the hospital Friday, April 15, after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois, TMZ reported last week. He was returning from performing in Atlanta and had symptoms of a bad flu, his representative told the celebrity news site. His plane stopped in Moline, and he was back on board in a few hours.

Prince Rogers Nelson pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom.

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