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