Pop star and legendary artist Prince has been found dead at his recording studio in Minneapolis, according to media reports
Music legend Prince has passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57.
Prince was found dead at his recording studio in Minnesota early on Thursday, according to a TMZ report. His publicist later confirmed the news.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.
Deputies were on scene at Paisley Park in Chanhassenwith the sheriff's office saying they were conducting a death investigation. Police were called to a medical emergency at his estate earlier on Thursday, US media reported.
Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times. He sold more than 100 million records during his career.
The pop superstar was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry".
The man born Prince Rogers Nelson stood just 5 feet, 2 inches and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material.
Among his other notable releases: "Sign O' the Times," "Graffiti Bridge" and "The Black Album."
He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote "slave" on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros, before returning a few years ago.
"What's happening now is the position that I've always wanted to be in," Prince told The Associated Press in 2014. "I was just trying to get here."
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer. "He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties," reads the Hall's dedication.
"Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative."
A small group of fans quickly gathered today outside his music studio, Paisley Park, a white building surrounded by a fence about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis. A Carver County sheriff's squad car was parked in the studio lot.