This is what it sounds like when doves cry. This year has already been a tough one for music fans with the passing of David Bowie, and now another iconic musician with ties to the world of cinema has left this world. Prince, the man who starred in and composed Oscar-winning music for Purple Rain, not to mention created tracks for Tim Burton’s Batman soundtrack, has died at 57 years old.
The story is still developing, but you can get details after the jump.
The news of Prince dead was first reported by TMZ, and The Associated Press has since confirmed by way of the musician’s publicist that the singer has indeed passed away. A cause of death has not yet been revealed, but Carver County Police department in Chanhassen, Minnesota are currently investigating the grounds of his studio where he was found dead.
Prince’s death comes after his personal jet was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois due to some health issues that arose after a concert in Atlanta. A representative for the singer said he was dealing with the flu that was only exacerbated after performing in Georgia.
Even though Prince is better known for writing and performing music that has been all over the soundtracks for Risky Business, Pretty Woman, Waiting to Exhale, Showgirls, Striptease, Scream 2, Romeo + Juliet and more. Prince just appeared as himself on the Fox comedy series New Girl in 2014 and even had the honor of being mocked by Beavis & Butt-Head on MTV.
In addition to his music, Prince also directed and starred in his own movies Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge, for which he composed new tunes as well. They weren’t very well-received, but they showed that he was passionate about his art and had a style all his own. Other directorial work includes his own concert documentary Sign ‘o’ the Times.
Prince Rogers Nelson was a wild musician, unlike any before him and any that will follow in his footsteps. For one album, he even played 27 different instruments, and that was when he was just 20 years old. Prince was truly an icon and genius, and he will not be forgotten anytime soon.Cool Posts From Around the Web: