Friday, April 22 2016 18:31 EEST
The artist known as Prince has died in an elevator at his studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota
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Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, died Thursday after he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Representatives stated that he suffered from "bad dehydration" and had been fighting influenza for several weeks.

A 911 call was placed at 9:43 a.m; he did not recover with CPR by emergency responders and was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. He was 57 years old.

According to TMZ, Prince treated for drug overdose 6 days before his death. Multiple sources in Moline said the Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a drug against opiate overdoses.

The doctors advised Prince to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. However, due to the lack of a private rooms, the Prince decided to bail and left the hospital three hours later.

U.S. President Barack Obama expressed condolences, as did many musicians and cultural figures. To honor Prince's memory, cities across the U.S. held tributes and vigils, and lit buildings, bridges, and other venues in purple light. In the first five hours after the media began reporting his death, "Prince" was the top trending term on Twitter, and Facebook reported there had been 61 million Prince-related interactions.

Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.

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