Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Singer Prince has died at age 57 at his home in Minnesota
  2. Top hits include When Doves Cry, Kiss and Purple Rain
  3. Fans are gathering outside his estate
  4. He had recently been in hospital for the flu

Live Reporting

By Ashley Gold, Genevieve Hassan and Nalina Eggert

All times stated are UK

Get involved

End of live coverage

That's the end of our live coverage after the death of Prince.

Elsewhere on the BBC, you can read his obituary, see a round-up of photographs from his life and work, or read fans' tributes.

You can also listen to a half-hour programme of World Have Your Say, where musicians and fans from around the world remember his work.

Prince onstage in a red frilled jumpsuit, looking assertive and camp, pumping his hair up
AFP
Prince, 1998, Paris

Virtuoso, Untouchable

The singer Annie Lennox, who became internationally famous in the 1980s - also Prince's era - has said on Facebook that he was "untouchable".

Annie Lennox's Facebook reads "Genius Visionary Viruoso Legendary Untouchable. Love peace and gratitude"
Annie Lennox/ Facebook

Prince: 'I'm no different to anyone'

The music magazine NME has put together some of Prince's words from an interview he did with them in 1996.

I’m no different to anyone. Yes, I have fame and wealth and talent, but I certainly don’t consider myself any better than anyone who has no fame, wealth or talent. People fascinate me. They’re amazing! Life fascinates me! And I’m no more fascinated by my own life than by anyone else’s.

Prince fan site down

A Prince fan site has been so overwhelmed with traffic it has crashed.

Prince.org was replaced with a message praising the star's "unique ability to touch people".

out of service message on prince.org page
Prince.org

Prince around the clock

A radio station in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis is playing his music non-stop today.

You can stream it online here.

Little Purple Prince

Social media users are sharing this cartoon of Prince in his Purple Rain era, reimagined as the Little Prince from the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupery children's book. The cartoon appeared on Tumblr four years ago.

Prince in a purple suit, standing on a tiny planet and looking at the stars
Fauna93, DeviantArt

2016 celebrity deaths

Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Victoria Wood, now Prince - have more famous people died so far this year than usual?  

BBC Radio 4's More or Less team took a look at the idea. There was a surge in people getting famous fifty or sixty years ago - does that explain the wave of celebrity deaths in 2016?

You can listen to the programme here.

Mick Jagger tweets: Prince's talent was limitless

The Rolling Stones star wrote:

I am deeply shocked to hear of Prince’s passing. 1/4

Prince was a revolutionary artist, a great musician, composer, a wonderful lyricist, a startling guitar player... 2/4

...but most importantly, authentic in every way. 3/4

Prince's talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and talented artists of the last 30 years 4/4

'King amongst musicians'

It's heartbreaking news. Everyone is truly shocked. Bowie, now this. The two most talented adventurous creative talents of their respective generations.

A genius in the world of funk and soul. A trendsetter and a tastemaker. An electric performer with an insatiable appetite for music. He might have been named Prince but he was a King amongst musicians.

BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music DJ Craig Charles

Worldwide musicians and fans pay tribute

In a special edition of the BBC World Service programme World Have Your Say, musicians and fans from around the world spoke to Chloe Tilly about why Prince was so influential and why they loved him.

Listen here.

This content only works in the UK.

Paisley Park 'closing soon'

President Obama: Prince did it all

Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince.

Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.‎

'Total shock'

View more on instagram

Lenny Kravitz said:

My musical brother... My friend... The one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything, and kept his integrity until the end, is gone. I am heartbroken.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
Prince

Prince - who has died at the age of 57 - was one of the most influential artists of all time with a career spanning nearly 40 years.

Read more

'He's provided the soundtrack to my life since I was 15'

A BBC roundup of fan tributes can be found here

View more on twitter
Will Gompertz looks back at Prince's life in music
Singer Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist has said.

Prince on songwriting

Mark Savage

Music reporter

'Too soon'

Latoya Jackson said: "What a sad day today! Terribly sorry to hear that #Prince has passed! What an incredible talent we've lost! Another one going too soon!"

View more on instagram
View more on twitter

'Heart is broken'

Actress Eva Longoria said on Instagram Prince's music would "live forever".

View more on instagram

My heart is broken. My entire adolescence was filled with his music. There aren't many memories I have that doesn't involve one of his songs. He will be missed but his music will live forever.

Police confirm death

The Carver County Sheriff's Office has confirmed Prince's death on Twitter. The police department had previously withheld his identity until the next of kin was notified.  

View more on twitter

Madonna pays tribute

He changed the world!! A true visionary. What a loss. I'm devastated. This is not a love song.

View more on instagram

Hometown tributes

"Prince was un-apologetically different and he made it okay for his fans to be different and to celebrate their individuality," the mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges, has written. "His social conscience challenged us to look deeper than the skin color of our neighbors."

The Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team tweeted in honour of Prince as well.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
Prince Performing

Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ MistaJam talks to Newsbeat after the death of the iconic singer aged just 57.

Read more

Style icons: Prince and David Bowie

David Bowie and Prince
Getty Images

Lee Trewhela, Cornish entertainment journalist, writing in the West Briton makes the connect between the two music legends.  

Like Bowie, Prince made people question sexuality. Like Bowie, he had an innate sense of style. And while Bowie brought the funk to white man's music, Prince was clever enough to cross over unlike any other black artist of the time - even Jacko - by integrating rock guitar into soul, knocking down racial stereotypes in the process.”

Lee Trewhela

Prince won an Oscar, too

Prince won an Oscar for best original song score in 1985 for Purple Rain. Here's Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner presenting a very sparkly purple Prince with the award. 

View more on youtube

Before he was famous

The Hennepin County Library in Minnesota shared a photo of Prince in high school in 1974.

Prince in his 1974 yearbook
Hennepin County Library
Prince Rodgers Nelson in 1974

Dearly beloved...

Many people quoted the opening lyrics to Prince's song Let's Go Crazy, including Nylon magazine.

View more on twitter

'An original who influenced so many'

Prince
Getty Images

Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.

Neil PortnowPresident/CEO The Recording Academy

'Greatest guitar plays of our time'

Travis Barker, the drummer of US rock band Blink-182 hailed Prince as "a musical genius".

View more on instagram

Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time. Haven't loved an artist as long or as consistently as I have Prince. My dream was to one day collaborate with him or play drums for him. He use to come watch #DJAM and I play.

Those nights went down as some of my favourite. I taught my kids about him from a very young age and has always stayed a favorite in our family, we even got to see him play a couple times together. Sad day, we lost one of the funkiest and most inspiring artists of our time. One of the greatest guitars players of our time. To me he was truly a musical genius, a true original.

Statement from Prince's management

A spokeswoman for the singer has told the BBC:

It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.

There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida. Photo: February 2007

Mark Savage

BBC entertainment writer

Prince - a musical prodigy from a broken home - was unstoppable in the studio, but the magic really happened on stage, recalls BBC entertainment writer Mark Savage.

Read more