2016 may go down in history as the year the music died. In just four short months the world has lost David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, and Glenn Frey. Sadly, another name has been added to that list today.
The artist known as Prince has died … TMZ has learned. He was 57.
Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.
According to E! the singer had been recently struggling with the flu, but had assured fans not to waste their prayers on him just yet.
His death comes as a shock to his fans, but for the past few weeks Prince has been very ill with the flu. He canceled two shows at the beginning of April but after resting for a week he made his performance in Atlanta despite still feeling sick.
On April 15 his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after he suffered from a medical emergency. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for three hours before getting back on his plane to return home. The next day the “Purple Rain” crooner appeared at a concert and assured fans he was just fine.
Prince was an incredible musician, showman, singer, and songwriter. His influence was far reaching and his music touched the lives of millions. The shocking news prompted some of his biggest celebrity fans to take twitter to share their reactions to the news of his sudden passing.
Say it isn’t so. pic.twitter.com/xdY0bYDtSO
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 21, 2016
Rest in power, Prince.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
On top of all of his other genius, he could do THIS. Watch to the end. And be amazed. https://t.co/PeXvrAWzQs
My musical brother… My friend… The one who showed me the possibilities within myself,… https://t.co/UumElgEgFg
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) April 21, 2016
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) April 21, 2016
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
Not Prince Man.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 21, 2016
Seems like I’m in a dream. @Prince dead at 57. There are no words to describe this loss.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince, you will truly be missed!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 21, 2016
— Apollo Theater (@ApolloTheater) April 21, 2016
Prince may be gone but his music will always be with us.