The iconic singer Prince has died at his home in Minneapolis, his publicist announced today.
Yvette Noel-Schure told Associated Press that the musician was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in a suburb of the US state.
Police were called to a medical emergency at his home at around 10am this morning. The local sheriff's office confirmed on Twitter that they had launched an investigation into a fatality.
The 57-year-old artist, famous for hits such as Purple Rain and Kiss, soared to fame in the 1980s.
He won seven Grammy awards and has sold over 100 million records worldwide during his stratospheric career. He famously wrote, produced and performed all his own work - a rarity in today's industry.
The singer penned hits for other artists including Sinead O'Connor's moving Nothing Compares to You, and Chaka Khan's I Feel For You.
His fans also delighted in his epic live shows, complete with mesmeric, high-octane dance routines and elaborate backing entourages.
The cause of Prince's death is not yet known. The news comes days after reports that he was rushed to hospital, hours after a performance, suffering from flu.
The private plane he was travelling on at the time was said to have made an emergency landing. He was forced to cancel two gigs recently, amid concerns over his health.
Tributes to Prince have already started to pour in from the likes of Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry on Twitter.
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 21, 2016
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) April 21, 2016