Prince dead at 57

CBS News has confirmed reports that the musical icon passed away at his Paisley Park estate

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published April 21, 2016 5:07PM (EDT)

Prince   (AP/Liu Heung Shing)
Prince (AP/Liu Heung Shing)

Carver County officials say a death investigation is underway at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, reports ABC affliate KARE.

The global superstar's publicist has confirmed that the deceased is Prince, according to the Associated Press. CBS News has confirmed.

The 57-year-old musical icon was hospitalized after his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City airport in Illinois last Friday morning. According to TMZ, he said he was merely battling the flu and managed to appear at a concert the next night. The "Sometimes it Snows in April" hitmaker reportedly told the crowd: "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Prince was one of the best-selling artists of all time and helped shape the sound of the 1980s, inspiring generations of artists across multiple genres.

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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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