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Prince Rogers Nelson

(1958-06-07)June 7, 1958
Died April 21, 2016(2016-04-21) (aged 57)
Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S
Cause of death Accidental fentanyl and opioid intoxication
Body discovered Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S
Occupation Musician
Years active 1976–2016
Height 5'3" (160 cm)
Spouse(s) Matye Garcia
(m. 1996–1999, divorced)
Manuela Testolini
(m. 2001–2006, divorced)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, tambourine, synthesizer, clavinet, drums, timpani, violin, marimba, percussion, harp, saxophone, harmonica, Linn Drum
Labels Warner Bros., Paisley Park, NPG, EMI, Columbia, Arista
Associated acts The Revolution; Wendy & Lisa
The New Power Generation
The Time; Morris Day
Sheila E.
Vanity 6; Apollonia 6
The Family
94 East

Prince Rogers Nelson (better known as Prince) (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American musician. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He had ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. From 1993 to 2000, Prince changed his name to a glyph. Since this symbol was impossible to pronounce, people began calling him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince."

In addition to his own musical career, he was a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6.

Prince has 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. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. This was the first year he was eligible.

On April 21, 2016, Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota at the age of 57.

Early life

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson, on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father was John Lewis Nelson who was a Jazz singer-songwriter. His mother was Mattie Della Shaw. His family was from Louisiana. He had epilepsy when he was younger. His sister was Titka Evene. He played basketball when he was in high school.


Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone Tour on April 7, 2016, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, stating that he was "battling the flu". He performed that Atlanta concert on Thursday, April 15, even though he had still not been feeling well. On April 15, 2016, while on tour, his private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. He was later admitted to hospital with flu-like symptoms. Early reports said his health was fine.

Prince was found dead at his home in Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016. He was 57.

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