American pop icon Prince has died at the age of 57.
Media reports said he was found dead early Thursday at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Details have not been released.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the multi-talented and influential musician is known for such songs as “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “Purple Rain,” the title track of his breakthrough 1984 album and movie.
He sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, won seven Grammys and picked up an Oscar for Best Original Song score for “Purple Rain.”
Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
“He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,” said a posting on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website. “Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone.”
Musicians, artists and fans took to Twitter express their shock and sadness at the news of Prince’s death. “Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real,” Pop star Justin Timberlake wrote.