Updated: Tributes to musical genius Prince who has died, aged 57

Prince performs in concert at Riverfront Coliseum during his Purple Rain Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Prince performs in concert at Riverfront Coliseum during his Purple Rain Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Singer Prince has died at the age of 57 at his compound in Minnesota.

Prince’s publicist has confirmed the popstar died at his home in Minneapolis.

The Purple Rain singer was flying home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia on April 15 when he was taken ill and his private jet made an emergency landing in Molina, Illinois.

He was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and released hours later.

At the time a representative for Prince assured fans he was feeling much better and was resting at home.

A unique creative genius

The First Direct Arena in Leeds have said the venue will be lit up purple this evening in tribute to the star - famous for the hit Purple Rain.

Tributes have been pouring in this evening as the news of his death shocked the world.

KISS Singer Gene Simmons wrote: “PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, tweeted: “Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones.”

Prince has died, according to reports. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Prince has died, according to reports. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Singer Katy Perry also paid tribute to the musician, writing: “And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...”

Chic frontman Nile Rodgers tweeted: “#RIP our dearly beloved #Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus... I’ll never forget my brother. We’ve had #good times.”

Rapper Lupe Fiasco wrote: “In Minneapolis right now...and it’s raining... Prince...”

Singer Lily Allen said: “PRINCE . You legend. Rest In Peace.”

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2010 file photo, musician Prince performs in Yas Island, on the final night of the F1 motor race meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2010 file photo, musician Prince performs in Yas Island, on the final night of the F1 motor race meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)

Another DJ, Zane Lowe, wrote on Twitter: “I can’t believe he has gone. Thank you for everything Prince. You will always be The Greatest #RIPPrince.”

Hip hop artist Chance The Rapper said: “None of prince’s albums are available in digital format. You Have to find a physical copy. I appreciate that, bout to go an adventure.”

Meanwhile, Australian Russell Crowe wrote: “The greatest live act I ever saw. Genius, poet, sexy mother f*****. RIP Prince.”

The singer was born Prince Rogers Nelson and was just 5ft 2ins tall.

He was widely regarded as one of the most inventive musicians of his era and many of his songs are seen as classics.

He became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album 1999 and was most famous for hits including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Kiss.

File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

His music career spanned more than three decades and he won seven Grammy Awards, sold more than 100 million records and won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain.

The singer was also seen as an eccentric with a tendency towards bizarre career moves, such as changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in the 1990s.

He was in the process of writing an untitled autobiography which was due to be published in 2017.

He became even more famous with the release of the film Purple Rain in 1984, a seemingly autobiographical movie set in the club scene in his home town of Minneapolis.

The film was a huge success and the soundtrack album spent 24 weeks at the top of the charts and sold more than 13 million copies.

It was the first time in his career that Prince had recorded with, and credited, his backing band, which he named the Revolution.

He was fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name.

“Prince once wrote ‘slave’ on his face in protest at not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros, before returning a few years ago.

“What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,” he told The Associated Press in 2014. “I was just trying to get here.”

Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2004, where he was hailed as a trailblazer.

The dedication reads: “He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,

“Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that an investigation was under way.

They told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the identity of the deceased was being withheld until next of kin had been notified.

They tweeted: “Deputies are on scene of a death investigation at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. More info to follow.”

The iconic popstar received rave reviews when he played in Leeds less than two years ago.

More to follow.

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1985 file photo, Prince performs before a sold-out audience, in Houston. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/F. Carter Smith, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1985 file photo, Prince performs before a sold-out audience, in Houston. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/F. Carter Smith, File)

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