On Friday, April 15, Prince was rushed to the hospital after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. Sources tell TMZ that the 57-year-old’s jet made an unscheduled landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline just after 1 a.m. The singer was immediately transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The “Purple Rain” singer, who has been battling the flu for a number of weeks, was immediately transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital in Moline, Illinois and released three hours later. He is now resting at home and said to be doing well.
While Prince Rogers Nelson kicked off his “Piano and a Microphone” tour earlier this year, he postponed two shows last week in Atlanta when he fell ill. After rescheduling, Prince performed two shows at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Thursday, April 14. Among fans in the crowd were singers Judith Hill and Janelle Monáe.
“Prince. In Atlanta. At the FOX Theatre. With just a piano. Greatest ever. RE inspired all over again,” Monáe tweeted.
On today, April 21, authorities responded to a medical call at 9:43 a.m. local time, Carver County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told media. They were called to Prince’s Minnesota recording studio at his Paisley Park compound. After CPR attempts were unsuccessful, he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Allan C. Vella, president and CEO, Fox Theatre in Atlanta shared this statement following news of Prince’s death, “Beginning in 1982, Prince performed 12 shows at Fox Theatre including most recently April 14, his last public concerts. Prince was a music pioneer, innovator and cultural icon. His music moved and inspired many, including the fans that were able to join him as he took the stage for his final performances last week at Atlanta’sFox Theatre. We, along with the world, mourn the loss of a music legend.”
Prince releases his first album, For You, in 1978. Over the course of three decades, he released 39 studio albums. Prince won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar (Purple Rain, best original song score) among other awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.