Prince Rogers Nelson has died at age 57.
The iconic musician known simply as Prince is said to have been found in his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota early Thursday morning.
He became popular for his unique music style that combined R&B with Rock, Soul and Funk.
His success could be seen in the numbers, selling over 100 million records worldwide to become by all accounts, one of the best-selling artists of all time.
His hits included “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry.”
Over the years, Prince won several trophies for his work.
Seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Sales of Prince’s music have soared since news broke of the pop star’s death.
“Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry,” surged to 7th, 9th and 10th on iTunes’ Top Songs chart.
Four of his albums, “The Very Best of Prince,” “Purple Rain,” “The Hits/The B-Sides,” and “1999” jumped to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th on iTunes’ Top Albums chart by Thursday afternoon.
Many celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their sadness.
Basketball star Magic Johnson wrote that he was “so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince.”
Director Spike Lee remembered Prince as “A Funny Cat” with a “Great Sense of Humor.”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Prince for fighting for the freedom of artists and for himself, recalling the rocker’s skirmishes with the recording industry.
Jackson says Prince “was a transformer.”