Publicist Confirms: Music Icon Prince Dead at 57
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

According to reports, iconic music artist Prince has died.

This morning, social media was abuzz saying the artist died, but this information was not initially confirmed by authorities, leading fans and others to believe he was yet another celebrity victim of a death hoax.

Breaking news alerts indicated that detectives were investigating a death at superstar musician and artist’s studios in Minneapolis.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed the platinum-selling music icon was found dead in his home today.

TMZ reported that there was a response to a medical emergency at Prince’s property today at about 9:43 a.m. Just a few days ago, the 57-year-old singer, whose birth name is Prince Rogers Nelson, was released from hospital after a bout of flu.

Prince was known for his sultry, innovative style of playing instruments, from guitar to piano, and his infamous 1993 boycott of his record label, once donning the word “slave” across his face in fighting Warner Bros. for artistic and financial control of his music. He even changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince in the standoff. It was a landmark statement and set the tone for other artists to adjust and negotiate their contracts.

His 1984 film, “Purple Rain,” brought in $80 million at the box office and has become a cult classic. Its soundtrack of the same name garnered the film an Oscar for Best Original Song Score.

In 2004 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“When I first started out in the music industry, I was most concerned with freedom,” he said in accepting the honor. “Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to … Without any real spiritual mentors other than artists … whose records I admired … Larry Graham being one of them … I embarked on a journey more fascinating than I could ever have imagined. But a word to the wise. Without real spiritual mentoring, too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay. And a word to the young artists … a real friend or mentor is not on your table. A real friend and mentor cares for your soul as much as they do the other one. This world and its wicked systems becomes harder and harder to deal with without a real friend or mentor. And I wish all of you the best.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.