Music sensation Prince died this morning at the age of 57 in his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minn. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death this morning. He was found unresponsive in an elevator according to CBS Minnesota.
The Carver County police responded to a medical situation at 9:43 a.m. according to Sheriff Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud. Authorities confirmed that there was a dead body inside the building later in the morning. He was confirmed dead at 10:07 a.m. according to CBS Minnesota.
“There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time,” said Noel-Schure.
Prince was hospitalized shortly while recovering from the flu last Friday. He cancelled two shows earlier this month due to the sickness according to CBS Minnesota.
Mass Communication senior at Louisiana State University Kat Latham was shocked upon hearing the news of Prince’s death.
“I had no idea because he’s so young and he had so much more to give to the music industry and to performance in general,” said Latham
Latham remembers her dance school performing to “Purple Rain”, her favorite Prince song, and wearing a “fancy purple costume” for the performance when she was younger. The student has fond memories of Prince.
“It’s kind of scary to think that someone that was so inspiring is now gone,” said Latham.
Eric Boudet, a sophomore studying mass communication at LSU, was also devastated by the news. He was sad to hear that such an iconic figure in the music world has passed.
Boudet said he does not personally listen to much of Prince’s music, but he knows Prince had a huge influence on music culture. Boudet’s favorite Prince song is also “Purple Rain”.
Alexandria Prosperie, a junior studying business at Nicholls State University, considers herself a Prince super-fan. She said she experienced a “sinking feeling” upon hearing the news of his death.
“Prince was a guy who embraced his differences and weirdness, which made him awesome,” said Prosperie.
Prosperie’s mother is the one who introduced her to Prince’s music. She once let her mother play her ’80s music in the car and she was hooked.
“He played almost all of the instruments in his band and wrote the music for them. There’s no doubt that he was an extremely talented musician, and he was also incredibly smart,” said Prosperie.
The recording legend was popular in the ’80s and has been a household name since then. His breakthrough album “1999” catapulted him into stardom in 1982. He won seven Grammys throughout his career according to TMZ.
More recently, he appeared in an episode of the popular television show New Girl in 2014. In this episode, the characters attend a party Prince is throwing and he gives them valuable relationship advice. This cameo allowed younger generations to see what Prince was like.