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Prince, undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and versatile artists of all time, has passed away at age 57.

According to speculation from CNN, FOX and TMZ and other outlets, Prince may have succumbed to complications from the flu or that it could have progressed to pneumonia at his home studio, Paisley Park, in Minneapolis — the very spot where his unbelievable genius was first unleashed on the world. It is now being reported that Prince has battled epilepsy since he was a child and that it could have been a contributing factor, but none of it has been confirmed yet.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”

This otherworldly musical savant was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, producer and actor was recognized as a musical genius, trend setter and advocate for artists’ rights. His indelible impact on pop music culture dates back to when he first surfaced in 1978 with his debut album “For You.”

ABC News confirmed that the Carver County Sheriff’s Department has launched an investigation at the singer’s Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The news comes days after a flight Prince, 57, had to make an emergency landing on a flight from Atlanta where he had just performed and stop at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois. The flight was bound for Minneapolis, but the singer was then rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated for the flu, his rep confirmed.

Prince was released three hours later.

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Prince was in the middle of his celebrated and sold-out “Piano and a Microphone” tour,” but he had had to cancel two shows earlier in the month due to the flu. His last performance was Thursday night in Atlanta.

Many celebrities from multiple genres — including singers, songwriters, comedians, talk show hosts, actors and actresses — paid homage to undoubtedly one of the most brilliant, versatile and transcendent artists America has ever seen.

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“This is what it sounds like when doves cry … Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all.” — Whoopi Goldberg.

“And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much.” — Katy Perry.

“What a sad day today! Terribly sorry to hear that #Prince has passed! What an incredible talent.” — La Toya Jackson.

“Oh My God! The musical genius of my generation has gone on to glory. Heaven has a new musical director with #Prince.” — Star Jones.

“#Prince So much LOVE. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My heart is heavy. #RIPPrince.” — Arthel Neville.

“The Prince is dead. Long live the Prince.” — Kathy Bates.

“A shock to read #Prince has died. He was so magnificent at the Super Bowl that I was privileged to perform the National Anthem in sign. RIP. — Marlee Matlin.

“RIP Prince. You were the king.” — Joel McHale.

“No matter what he asked us to call him, Prince was a force. Genius in the studio. Brilliant onstage. And a 4-star movie. #PurpleRain.” — Richard Roeper.

I am stunned to hear about #Prince, a huge part of my record collection and the sound of my 20s. A rare kinda brilliance. RIP.” — Eric McCormack.

“I’m in shock!! #Prince has passed away at the age of 57.” — Maria Menounos.

“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time. Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations.” — Statement from MTV.

“I can’t. I just can not. #Prince” — Shonda Rhimes.

“PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans. — Gene Simmons.

“This (expletive) sucks. Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney.” — Demi Lovato.

“Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x.” — Robbie Williams.

“I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor.” — Spike Lee.

“Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.” — Ellen DeGeneres.

“Heartbroken to hear about the sudden passing of Prince. RIP.” — Lori Loughlin.

 

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