Cause as yet undetermined in the passing of music icon Prince at 57

Cause as yet undetermined in the passing of music icon Prince at 57
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[Ed. – A truly remarkable musician. R.I.P.]

Prince, a prodigy, a provocateur and a complete game-changer in popular music, died Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. He was 57.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson confirmed Thursday afternoon that deputies and medics were dispatched to Paisley Park around 9:43 a.m. CT, where they found the singer unresponsive in an elevator. Their attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. The department’s statement added that it is still investigating the death with assistance from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. …

Prince had been briefly hospitalized Friday after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Illinois’ Quad City International Airport. Noel-Schure told USA TODAY that he had been struggling with the flu. …

Prince, a 2004 Rock Hall of Fame inductee, won seven Grammy Awards. He also won a best-original-song Oscar for his 1984 film Purple Rain. His long list of hit songs includes 1999Little Red Corvette,When Doves CryLet’s Go Crazy and Kiss. …

He was also a devout Jehovah’s Witness, having converted from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 2001, not that he labeled it as such. “I don’t see it really as a conversion,” he told talk-show host Tavis Smiley in a 2013 interview. “More, you know, it’s a realization. It’s like Morpheus and Neo in The Matrix.”

He frequently “freaked out” fans when he knocked on doors as part of its proselytization practice.

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