Legendary musician Prince has died aged 57 at his estate in Minnesota, just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with flu.

Paramedics were called to his Paisley Park estate at 9.43am and Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there had been a fatality.


A forensics team and a medical examiner are at the scene.

Prince – full name Prince Rogers Nelson – was hospitalised six days ago with flu symptoms.

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He was aboard his private flight when he fell ill, forcing it to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois on Friday morning.

TMZ reported that the seven-time Grammy award winning singer’s plane diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, to make the emergency landing.

He had had been suffering from flu for a number of weeks and was believed to be recovering but took a turn for the worse in the early hours of Friday.

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He was treated for three hours before being released.

Initial reports on his condition painted a much graver picture, with one source claiming at the time he was ‘not doing well’.

The Purple Rain hitmaker had performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta last Thursday night – the second of two back-to-back sold-out shows – and had seemed fine during the concert.

The superstar musician combined rock, R&B, soul and hip hop to create a unique sound that led to him selling more than 100 million records during his 40-year career.

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Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1958 and started making music at the age of seven.

He went on to have four number 1 albums in the US, starting with Purple Rain in 1984 and continuing with Around The World In A Day, Batman and 3121.