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21 April 2016, 19:13
It's been confirmed that legendary pop singer Prince has sadly passed away, age 57.
His London publicist told Sky News that the fashion icon, who has sold more than 100 million records throughout his career, died today (Thursday 21st April).
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.
"There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."
As expected, the internet has responded with a united sadness as people share their stories about how Prince and his music influenced their lives.
Prince always made me feel uncomfortable and weird, and that was exactly what I needed to see and feel as a weird, uncomfortable kid.— Rhea Butcher (@RheaButcher) April 21, 2016
Imagine being a skinny, awkward, black kid growing up in Minneapolis in the 80s and having Prince to let you know it's all going to be ok.— Justin Ellis (@JustinNXT) April 21, 2016
Growing up in Minneapolis, it was a rite of passage to bump into Prince. I've never felt that honored to see another human at a urinal.— Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) April 21, 2016
My favorite Prince qualities: he was weird, confident, talented, independent, prolific, funny. What more could you want from a pop hero?— grant pardee (@grantpa) April 21, 2016
One of the best nights of my life was all star weekend in NYC when I got to watch Prince tear it down for two hours at the Jordan party— #Pray4CO (@RealLifeKaz) April 21, 2016
This is one of the happiest times of my life. Pissed, with some of my best friends, watching Prince in Leeds. pic.twitter.com/nIuDssTG5o— Ryan John Butcher (@ryanjohnbutcher) April 21, 2016
The fact that everyone is sharing a #Prince story tells you all you need to know about the man's impact on the world and on everyday lives.— Katherine Fugate (@katherinefugate) April 21, 2016
Rest in peace Prince, we'll be crying purple tears for you tonight.