US music superstar Prince, whose hits included Purple Rain and Kiss, has been found unresponsive at his Minnesota home and was later declared dead. He was 57.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died,” publicist Anna Meacham said on Thursday.
Celebrity website TMZ, citing sources close to the star, was first to report Prince’s death at the home in Paisley Park, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
There were no immediate details on the cause of death, and the local medical examiner declined to comment.
Prince was an innovative and influential singer and songwriter whose music combined jazz, funk and disco.
His hit songs also included Raspberry Beret and Little Red Corvette.
He first found fame in the late 1970s, and over the next three decades became known as one of the most inventive and eccentric forces in American pop music.
Prince, an intensely private person, sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
He won an Oscar for best original song score for Purple Rain, the 1984 movie whose music was based on his album of the same name and in which he starred.
The singer was briefly hospitalised last week with the flu after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois, TMZ reported.
A representative told the celebrity news outlet that the singer had performed in Atlanta even though he was not feeling well and felt worse after boarding the plane for a flight back to Minnesota.
Prince’s most recent album, HITnRUN: Phase Two was released in December 2015, and the artist had been on tour in the United States as recently as last week.
In 1993, Prince legally changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, but later changed it back again.
He was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, and is said to have written his first song at the age of 7.