The legendary singer was found dead in a recording studio at his home

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Legendary recording artist Prince has been found dead at his estate in Minnesota, United States, at the age of 57.

Paramedics were called to attend to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park studio at 9.43am on Thursday 21 April, and his publicist confirmed that the singer had passed away soon after.

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Prince – born Prince Rogers Nelson – had been hospitalised less than a week ago for severe flu symptoms.

During his last performance at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta last Thursday (14th April), he had seemed as energetic as usual. However, while travelling on his private jet last Friday, he felt extremely ill and the pilot made an unscheduled landing in Illinois. He was treated at hospital, but was released three hours later.

The seven-time Grammy winner had been an active presence in the music industry for more than 30 years and was widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of all time.

His ex-wife Mayte Garcia spoke out following the singer’s death describing the iconic star as her ‘everything’.

In a statement made through her manager Gladys Gonzalez she said: ‘I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling.’

She added to People magazine: ‘This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated.’

Along with Mayte’s touching words, celebrities and fans alike have paid tribute:

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It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince

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He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated.🦄 This is Not A Love Song.

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The Purple Rain and When Doves Cry star was active on social media, and tweeted as recently as Monday. He posted the final picture of himself on Instagram a mere week ago:

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All at Now sends sincerest condolences to the family.