As confirmed by his publicist, legendary musician Prince has died at the age of 57. Prince had most recently appeared at a concert in Paisley Park, Minnesota on April 16, after his plane had an emergency landing in Illinois due to a medical emergency on board. TMZ reported that Prince was ill with the flu, and the singer appeared onstage the very next day to assure fans he was on the mend. He reportedly told the crowd, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."
Update: The Carver County Sheriff's Office released the following statement to Bustle:
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
Earlier: Prince's representatives confirmed his death in a statement to Bustle. They said, "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57."
Of course, the singer has legions of fans thanks to his nearly 40-year career in the music industry, and his fans took to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of news of his death to express their shock and sadness. Prince has been an undeniable icon in the music world since his debut album in 1978, spanning genres and breaking the mold with his unique artistic vision. The loss to the music world is tremendous, and fans appear to be equal parts shocked and saddened by the news of his death.