The film and music world is in mourning once again after another legend has died far too soon. We reported the tragic news earlier today that Prince has passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, at the age of 57. While no details have been given regarding the cause of death, tributes have already started flooding in through social media as the news broke.
Initial reports revealed that Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in the a.m. hours. TMZ obtained audio of the 911 dispatch call, where an unidentified caller said there was a "male down, not breathing." The singer had recently cancelled two concert dates due to health issues, and his representatives said he had been battling the flu, when his private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois on Friday, April 15. An exact cause of death hasn't been released yet, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as any updates are made available. Until then, you can take a look at a slew of Twitter tributes below as Prince is remembered.
Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Della (Shaw), a jazz singer, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. At the age of 18, he started recording demos with Chris Moon, which eventually lead to a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records, making him the youngest artist on the label. His debut album For You was released in 1978, but it wasn't until his 1982 album 1999 that he started to get mainstream attention, with the title track and other hits like Little Red Corvette. In 1984, Prince released what would be his most influential record, Purple Rain.
He pioneered what became known as the "Minneapolis Sound," a mixture of funk, rock, pop, synthpop and new wave that others such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Morris Day and The Time, Sheila E, Vanity 6 and The Family also popularized. Prince also starred in the 1984 feature film Purple Rain, earning the actor/musician an Oscar for Best Original Score. He went on to star in and direct a sequel to Purple Rain, 1990's Graffiti Bridge, and he later won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his "The Song Of The Heart" from the animated film Happy Feet. The artist also starred in and directed 1986's Under The Cherry Moon and 1987's Sign O' The Times.
We have compiled a number of tributes that have been sent out through Twitter today, ever since the news of Prince's death broke. Among those remembring Prince are Zooey Deschanel, who starred alongside Prince as himself in a 2014 episode of her hit Fox series New Girl, along with a slew of actors, filmmakers, musicians and much more. Take a look at the heartfelt social media tributes to the legendary Prince, and stay tuned for more details about his untimely death.