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Prince, musician and pop culture icon, dies at 57

The flamboyant singer-songwriter died in his Minnesota home, his publicist confirms. He'd recently been hospitalized with the flu.

Prince onstage
Prince onstage in Denmark in 2013.
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Iconic singer-songwriter, musician and actor Prince has died at the age of 57. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed with the Associated Press that he died in his home in Chanhassen, Minneapolis.

A few days before his death, Prince had been hospitalized for the flu following an emergency landing by his plane in Illinois, according to various media reports.

Known for his musicianship and flamboyant performance style, Prince broke out in the late '70s and penned a number of hits, including "When Doves Cry," "Kiss" and "Little Red Corvette." In 1984, he starred in the film "Purple Rain," for which he also won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score.

Prince also made headlines for his strong feelings about music ownership. Last year, he removed his entire music catalog from streaming services like Spotify and Rdio, and he once compared music piracy to carjacking.

You can still access his music on Tidal, however, where he recently posted an unreleased version of "Black Sweat" from his album, "3121."

News of Prince's death prompted an outpouring of sentiment on social media. You can read about that here.