When Prince died on Thursday April 21, 2016 the world lost another great icon in the music industry. His real name was Prince Rogers Nelson, but he goes by Prince. He was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
When he was 37, he married his 22-year-old backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia on Valentine’s Day 1996. They had a son named Boy Gregory on October 16, 1996, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week later.
Sources reported on Thursday that the reason for the emergency landing was actually because the singer was suffering a drug overdose, and was rushed to the hospital for a “save shot,” typically administered to counteract the effects of opiates. Drug overdose?
He was found in an elevator at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was 57.