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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

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By Ashley Gold, Genevieve Hassan and Nalina Eggert

All times stated are UK

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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
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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
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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.

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'

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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.

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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.

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

A BBC roundup of fan tributes can be found here

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Singer Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist has said.

Prince on songwriting

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'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!"

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