Pop superstar Prince dead at 57

(CBC): Prince, the superstar singer-songwriter known for his incredible musicianship and a cavalcade of award-winning hits, has died at the age of 57, according to a publicist.

Authorities in Chanhassen, Minn., responded to a medical emergency call from Prince’s famed home recording studio Paisley Park on Thursday morning. The crime lab and medical examiner were also called to the scene.

The singer postponed several shows in Atlanta earlier this month amid reports he had been battling a nagging flu for several weeks, but delighted fans — including singer Janelle Monae — at a rescheduled performance.

Last Friday, the singer-songwriter was rushed to an Illinois hospital with his private plane making an emergency landing so he could get treatment. He was released hours later. The next day, he was seen by fans riding his bicycle around his neighbourhood and hosted a “dance party” at Paisley Park.

Prince had been travelling as part of his solo Piano and a Microphone tour, which included gigs in Toronto and Montreal in late March.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, the Grammy-winning artist was known for such hits as Purple Rain, Kiss, Little Red Corvette, The Beautiful Ones, Raspberry Beret, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Diamonds and Pearls and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.

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