The cause of his death is currently unknown, but the singer had reportedly recently been battling a serious flu that caused him to cancel shows.
A true musical genius whose talent was topped only by his iconoclastic style and often unbelievable personality, Prince was an artist in every sense of the word. He inspired not just hip-hop artists—The Roots' Questlove cites him as an enormous influence, The-Dream clearly patterned much of his music off Prince—but musicians of every genre and millions of fans worldwide who also drew strength from his refusal to conform.
Goodbye Prince, and thank you. Rest In Purple.