Last week, his plane made an emergency landing to give medical attention to the artist, who had a severe case of the flu. However, investigation is underway to determine if this was the cause of death.
Prince resided in Minneapolis for his entire life, even after his career took off. His debut album For You came out in 1978 and was followed by a successful run of albums in nearly every year after.
Purple Rain, released in 1984, was his first number one album on the Billboard 200. The album came out at the same time as the film of the same name. The album and film combination earned the musician two Grammys and an Oscar, as well as rocketed him into becoming one of the most influential artists of the era.
He was known for his funk beats, provacative lyrics and powerful falsetto. Despite being an instantly recognizable voice, he was continuously experimenting and evolving his style, giving music his full dedication.Read more to see other celebrities mourning Prince’s passing: