CAVERY COUNTY, Minn. -- Prince Rogers Nelson, the artist known as Prince, who pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom, has died, according to a family member reached by CNN.
He was 57.
The family member asked not to be identified.
Last week, Prince was released from the hospital after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois early Friday, TMZ reported.
Prince had been battling the flu for several weeks, even cancelling two shows in Atlanta last week, his rep told the site. Those shows were pushed to Thursday, and, although still not feeling well, he performed anyway for a packed Fox Theatre crowd.
After boarding his private plane to fly home, the pop singer’s condition worsened, and the pilot made an unscheduled stop around 1 a.m. at Quad City International Airport in Moline.
After receiving treatment, Prince was back on the plane three hours later.
Prince has won seven Grammy Awards, and has earned 30 nominations.
Five of his singles have topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10. He won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film "Purple Rain."
The singer's predilection for lavishly kinky story-songs earned him the nickname, His Royal Badness. He is also known as the "Purple One" because of his colorful fashions.
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CNN Wire contributed to this report.