Legendary singer Prince dies aged 57

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.

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Prince performing in August 2013

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.