It's not just his guitar gently weeping today, but the whole world; with the new that Prince has passed away at the age of 57. A musical maestro, Prince was renowned for holding a number of different titles: innovator, singer, song-writer, kind-hearted soul, flamboyant, fun. A man, a myth, a legend. He never let any of them define him though, proving himself a multi-faceted bestselling artist of all time. Kick-starting his career back in 1976, Prince had a string of successful hits including Purple Rain, I Wanna Be Your Lover, When You Were Mine, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, Song of the Heart, and When Doves Cry.
So prominent was his music that in his lifetime he sold over 100 million records worldwide, won 7 Grammy's, and even made a mark in the cinematic realm with a Golden Globe and Academy Award. The eccentric and elusive music industry figure passed away yesterday in his Paisley Home, in Minnesota, after he was found unresponsive in the elevator of the compound. Emergency workers tried to revive him, however he was pronounced dead a short time later. Reports have suggested he was in poor health in recent weeks, cancelling concerts and spending time in hospital. No cause of death will likely be announced until the coroner reports their findings.
The star's publicist, Anna Meacham, released an official statement following his passing, which reads; 'It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson has died.' Prince had a unique and ever-evolving sound, which he honed in his many ventures into the filmic world. In addition to lending his iconic songs to over 166 flicks, his IMDB page boasts eight acting credits including Purple Rain (1984), Under the Cherry Moon (1986), and Graffiti Bridge (1990). Most recently he made a guest appearance on New Girl (2011). His death marks yet another on a growing list of celebrities who have passed away this year, including David Bowie and Alan Rickman.
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