WASHINGTON DC —
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.
Televison footage has been showing a small group of fans gathering outside his Paisley Park studio.
Who was Prince?
Born: Prince Rogers Nelson, named after Prince Roger Trio, a jazz band his father performed with.
When: June 7, 1958
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: April 21, at his home in Paisley Park, a Minneapolis suburb
Aliases: Briefly used others names, including an unpronounceable symbol O(+>, which led to him often being referred to as "the artist formerly known as Prince"
Debut album: For You, 1978
Several hit albums and songs, including: albums 1999 and Purple Rain, which was later made into a movie, Sign O' the Times, The Black Album; songs Little Red Corvette, Kiss, Raspberry Beret, Emancipation and When Doves Cry
Career: Sold more than 100 million records, won seven Grammy awards, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, performed during 2007 Super Bowl XLI halftime show
Known for: His songs and albums often created controversy for their sexually charged lyrics