Prince Dead At 57

The legendary performer's body was discovered at his Minnesota compound on Thursday

Prince, the legendary artist who pushed boundaries of music and identity, has died. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death to MTV News on Thursday (April 21): "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."

After Paisley Park staff members could not contact Prince on Thursday, they called 911, according to a Friday press conference held by Carver County Sheriff's Office. Paramedics arrived to find Prince unresponsive in the elevator and tried to revive him by performing CPR but were unable to.

There were no "obvious signs of trauma" on his body, police said. He was last seen at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Paisley Park, when he was dropped off by "an acquaintance." Prince was reportedly alone in the compound when authorities arrived.

He had reportedly been ill with the flu and hospitalized last week. His final performance was one week ago at Atlanta's Fox Theatre.

The cause of death has not yet been announced. An autopsy took place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CST on Friday, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka County, Minnesota confirmed on Twitter. The results could take several weeks.

In his trademark purple clothing, Prince found chart success in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s with hits like "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?," "When Doves Cry," and "Let's Go Crazy"; the latter two, singles from his 1984 album Purple Rain, also made it into a film of the same name. He hit No. 1 again in 1986 with "Kiss," in 1989 with "Batdance" (a contribution to the 1989 Batman film he soundtracked), and in 1991 with "Cream."

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