Prince: 1958-2016

PURPLE Rain singer Prince has died at the age of 57.

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The singer had recently cancelled tour dates due to illness.

Grammy award winning Prince – full name Prince Rogers Nelson – had a medical emergency on April 15 that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois, US.

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It is understood the singer had been battling a bad bout of flu – although he did appear at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay.

Authorities responded to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park studio earlier today after reports he had died.

The Carver County Sheriff’s department in Chanhassen, Minnesota told TMZ there has been a fatality, and they are notifying next of kin.

Prince was briefly hospitalized after his private jet made an emergency landing earlier this month.