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The rock star Prince has died at his home in Minneapolis, aged 57. Last week, he went to hospital with dehydration and the flu. His death has shocked the entertainment world. Madonna wrote online: "He changed the world. A true visionary." Barack Obama called him, "one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time". He said: "Prince…was a virtuoso instrumentalist…and an electrifying performer."

Prince Rogers Nelson was the son of a jazz pianist. He became famous in the 1970s. His singing, songs, guitar playing, and performances changed the music world for four decades. The Washington Post called him, "one of the most popular, inventive and influential recording artists of his generation". The music magazine 'Rolling Stone' put Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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