Renowned musician and artist Prince died at 57 on Thursday, proving that the year 2016 is shaping up to be the leading cause of death in music icons. His death marks the latest of quite a few losses so far this year; including David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Glen Frey, and Natalie Cole (who died on 12/31/15 - just on the horizon of 2016).
Prince, whose full name was Prince Rodgers Nelson, was found unresponsive in the elevator at his Minnesota home. Prince postponed two shows earlier this month due to flu-related illness, and was reportedly rushed to an Illinois hospital after an emergency airplane landing on April 15. An autopsy is underway, but no information will be released until the investigation is complete.
Prince was known for his prolific career and musical prowess. He was a song-writer, a record producer, a singer, an entertainer, and played a multitude of instruments including guitar, drums, and keyboards. He won seven Grammy Awards, earned 30 nominations, had a discography of over 35 albums, and sold over 100 million records.
Many celebrities expressed grief over his untimely passing and paid tribute to his artistry, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Nicks, and Lenny Kravitz. Even the White House responded to the loss, with a statement from President Obama that expressed his respect for Prince's talent and creativity. Cities across the country light up buildings in purple light, in homage to the artist's favorite color, including Los Angeles City Hall, the Forum, and the Eiffel Tow er in Paris.