Prince, 57, has died. This shocking tragedy was revealed on Thursday, April 21, almost one week after the iconic singer left fans very concerned about his health by making an emergency landing in Illinois. It’s unclear if his sudden death is related to the same illness that forced his plane to land on Friday, April 15.
This is devastating news. Prince’s body was discovered inside his Minnesota home on Thursday, April 21, reports TMZ. Sadly, little is known about his cause of death, aside from the reports that he had been battling an illness for weeks beforehand. Sources claim that Prince had been treated for a drug overdose just six days before his untimely death.
Prince’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed the tragic death to HollywoodLife.com. She wrote in an official statement, “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.”
TV network MTV abandoned its scheduled programming to pay tribute to Prince following the sudden passing of the iconic singer on Thursday.
The network aired more music videos from the span of the “Purple Rain” musician’s career. The channel also changed its logo to purple for the entire day, reported Ace Showbiz.
“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time,” read a statement released by the network.
VH1 will also pay tribute to Prince with a similar programming block that will last through the weekend.
President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey and Madonna were among some public figures who have paid tribute to the late singer.