Multiple sources, including the Associated Press, have confirmed that Prince has died at the age of 57 at his home in Chanhassen, MN.
Prince was one of the greatest stars in rock history, 89.3 The Current’s Jay Gabler wrote in a blog post. He bridged rock and R&B to fuse a “Minneapolis Sound” that helped define the music of the 1980s. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Prince is one of the best-selling artists of all time, widely cited as an influence by artists from the worlds of pop, R&B, rock, hip-hop, and beyond.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis in 1958, Prince remained a lifelong Minnesotan and had a profound impact on the community here. With the hit movie and soundtrack Purple Rain, he turned First Avenue from a hot local club to an international music landmark. Artists including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis went from Prince collaborations to performing and producing chart-topping hits that spread the “Minneapolis Sound” across the musical landscape.
The loss of this legendary talent will no doubt be felt by music fans across the world.