Born Prince Rogers Nelson stood just 5ft 2in and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material.
Among his other notable releases were Sign Oâ€™ The Times, Graffiti Bridge and The Black Album. He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name.
Singer Prince August 1986 on stage bare chested singing into microphone at Wembley.
Singer Prince arrives to attend the Chanel Pret a Porter show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 at Grand Palais on October 6, 2009 in Paris
Authorities were called to a medical emergency at the estate at around 9.43am but did not immediately identify that it was the body of the singer.