Pop superstar Prince dies at age 57 ... Found unresponsive in elevator
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP)
Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including Little Red Corvette, Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry, was found dead at his home yesterday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the superstar "died at his home this morning at Paisley Park."
The local sheriff said deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator late yesterday morning after being summoned to his home, but that first-responders couldn't revive him.
No details about what may have caused his death have been released. Prince postponed a concert in Atlanta on April 7, after falling ill with the flu, and he apologized to fans during a makeup concert last week.
President Barack Obama, for whom Prince was a White House guest last year, said he and his wife "joined millions of fans from around the world" in mourning Prince's sudden death.
"Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent," Obama said in a statement. " 'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said - and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative."
The dazzlingly talented and charismatic singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist drew upon musicians ranging from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles, creating a gender- and genre-defying blend of rock, funk and soul.
He broke through in the late 1970s with the hits Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? and I Wanna Be Your Lover and soared over the following decade with such albums as 1999 and Purple Rain.