Prince's innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz. He sold more than 100 million records during his career.
Vigils for the singer were also held outside his home as well as in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, where the film director Spike Lee, a friend of Prince's, led an impromptu street party.
First responders tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at 10:07.
He also wrote music for other artists. Nothing Compares 2U, written for The Family, was later made famous by Sinead O'Connor in 1990.
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he "rewrote the rulebook".
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