Legendary music icon Prince was found dead at his home on Thursday in Paisley Park, Minnesota.
During his lifetime, Prince released 39 studio albums; won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award; and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible (2004).
The 57-year-old social trailblazer also wrote several ground-breaking Top 100 hits for other artists, including The Bangles (“Manic Monday”), Sinead O’ Connor (“Nothing Compares 2 U”), and Stevie Nicks (“Stand Back” — which he co-wrote).
“Music is my life. It’s my trade. If I can’t get it out of my head I can’t function,” Prince told the Daily Mirror in 2010. “Someone told me they saw me at my peak, but how do they know when my peak is? I think I’m improving all the time. When I listen to my old records I’m ashamed of how I played then.”
Prince, a very spiritual and devout Jehovah’s Witness, often donated large sums to various human rights charities.
The musician’s heath was always widely speculated news. In 2009, Prince opened up to the press about living with epilepsy. Here’s a timeline of the Prince’s mysterious health issues this month:
-April 7: Prince postpones two shows in Atlanta due to illness.
-April 14: Prince makes emergency landing in Illinois after the rescheduled concert, only 48 minutes from his destination.
-Friday, April 15: Prince arrives at hospital around 1 AM and is released three hours later.
-Saturday, April 16: Prince was seen riding his bicycle, stopped at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis (for Record Store Day), and made a surprise appearance at a $10 dance party at his his Paisley Park recording studio.
-Wednesday, April 20: Prince was seen visiting a local pharmacy near his home.
-Thursday, April 21: Prince was found dead at his home.
According to TMZ, Prince was reportedly treated for a drug overdose during his hospital visit and did not remain at the hospital because he could not get a private room. Officials are investigating the cause of death.
Quotation above via etonline.com.