The legendary singer known to the world as Prince has died. He was 57.
Prince Rogers Nelson — who rose to international fame for his innovative and influential music that combined jazz, funk and disco — was found unconscious inside his Minnesota estate.
TMZ was the first to report the singer's death after initially saying that authorities had been investigating a death at the singer’s Minnesota home on Thursday.
Authorities had responded to a medical emergency at the Paisley Park property at about 9:43 a.m. but the identity of the deceased was not immediately released.
The Carver County Sheriff's Office confirmed the identity of the person as Prince in a tweet and said they would be investigating the circumstance of his death.
Authorities said they found the 57-year-old unconscious and unresponsive in an elevator. First responders reportedly tried to provide CPR "but were unable to revive the victim." He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
The singer's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed that Prince had died at his home.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” Noel-Schure said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear what caused Prince's death, however, the singer had been battling the flu and was hospitalized last week after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. The sheriff's office said it was investigating the circumstances. The local medical examiner declined to comment on the cause of death.
Prince first rose to fame in the late 1970s, and then over the next three decades became known to be one of the most inventive and original forces in American pop music.
Throughout his career, the singer won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Some of his hit songs included “Little Red Corvette,” “Purple Rain,” and “Raspberry Beret.”
In 2007, the singer performed at the Super Bowl and in 2015 released an album called “HITnRUN: Phase Two.” He had been on tour across the nation last week.
Fans gathered outside the gates of the singer's estate on Thursday to mourn and show their admiration for the musician.
MTV said it would be changing its logo to purple for the day in honor of Prince and Twitter continued to flood with reactions from friends and fans.
In New York City, the iconic Apollo Theatre changed its marquee to read "In honor of the beautiful one," NBC4 New York reported. Under the singer's name the message continued "nothing compares 2 U."
Minnesota's public radio station, The Current, will be playing nine hours straight of uninterrupted music by Prince. To tune in, click here.
Reuters contributed to this report.