By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post.
The singer Prince has died at his recording studio, age 57.
Police and staff sources said his body was discovered at his compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota this morning. A spokeswoman confirmed his death to news services. "The news is devastatingly true," she said.
According to Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, the late legendary musician was found unresponsive in an elevator when officials responded to a call at Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at 9:43 a.m.
"When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator," Olson said in a statement to the press. "First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson of Chanhassen."
Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told the press "they responded to a medical call at 9.43 am. The cause of death is not yet clear." he said.
The iconic singer, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, was hospitalised after his jet made an emergency landing on Friday morning.
A spokesperson later said he was suffering from the flu prior to the performance and that the plane landed at Moline so he could receive treatment there. Prince later flew on and returned home.
The late Prince was born in Minneapolis, Prince became a pop icon in the late 1970s with the hits “Wanna Be Your Lover”, cementing his cult status with such albums as 1999 and Purple Rain.
Drawing influence from pop, R&B, soul, disco and jazz, his originality, flamboyant stage presence and instrumental talent made him one of the most unique musicians in the last four decades.
A prolific songwriter, Prince also wrote a string of hit songs for other singers. His sexually free lyrics interspersed with funk, rock, pop and soul only served to increase his popularity and Prince continued to be one of the most of the most enduring musicians over forty years.
He released his first major studio album, For You, in 1978, recorded without a band. The album was not a huge commercial success and Prince released his eponymous album in 1979, which went on to reach number four in the Billboard Soul LP charts.
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Prince was known for his fondness of the ladies, and in light of his passing, the media is looking back at the special women who captured his heart.
According to published reports, The late GRAMMY winner was romantically linked to many celebrities, including Kim Basinger, Madonna, Sheila E. and Carmen Electra, but he was only married twice.
When he was 37, he wed his 22-year-old backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia on Valentine's Day in 1996. According to news reports, the former couple met six years earlier when Mayte was a 16-year-old dancing prodigy attending one of his concerts.
After their nuptials, Garcia became pregnant with their first child, and Prince shared with press the joy he felt during the experience.
"The most profound thing that has happened to me is the way I view women now," Prince told ET in 1997. "Going through my wife's pregnancy had a really powerful effect on me. It just gave me the utmost respect for all of women."he said.
▲ Madonna - above - According to published reports, the late GRAMMY winner was romantically linked to many celebrities, including Kim Basinger, Madonna, Sheila E. and Carmen Electra, but he was only married twice.
Sadly, according to press reports, their baby boy died just seven days after he was born due to Pfeiffer syndrome, which is a rare skull defect that causes pressure on the brain. The estranged couple would announce their breakup in 1998 when their union was annulled.
It wasn't long before Prince fell in love again. This time he said "I do" to Manuela Testolini - half his age - during a private ceremony in 2001 with close family members and friends.
The two reportedly met when she was 24 working for Prince's charity, Love4OneAnother, and he was 43. The marriage lasted five years before they split amicably in 2006.
Before getting married the first time, Prince reportedly had several notable flings, according to press reports.
Denise Matthews, better known as Vanity, met Prince at the American Music Awards in 1980 and the two soon hit it off. Prince renamed Matthews, Vanity, seeing her as the female form of himself.
Prince later placed Vanity as the lead singer of the girl group Vanity 6, but Vanity disbanded the group after their debut release in 1982.
Vanity died in February also at 57 from kidney failure. Her ailments were reportedly the result of years of crack cocaine abuse before she became famous in the '90s.
Madonna reportedly dated the icon briefly in 1985. Prince later helped produce her 1989 album Like a Prayer.
In 1989, Prince released a single called "The Scandalous Sex Suite," which featured moans that were attributed to Basinger. The actress' vocal contributions were rumored to have been taken from recordings of the two having sex.
Sheila E. wrote in her memoir The Beat of My Own Drum that she dated her mentor in the '80s, and even claimed that they were engaged.
Electra, another of Prince's proteges, reportedly dated the singer after meeting in 1991. She credits Prince with reinventing her and changing her name to Carmen. Electra's real name is Tara Leigh Patrick.