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Prince's family gather to mourn

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Prince's family gather to mourn

Prince's family have begun flying into Minnesota following his shock death.

The 'You Got The Look' singer was found dead at his Paisley Park recording studio this morning (21.04.16), and though he was recently hospitalised with flu, his passing reportedly left his relatives "blindsided".

An insider told RadarOnline.com that family members have begun gathering at his mother Mattie Shaw's home in the state, with relatives flying in from across the country to support one another in their grief and also to plan funeral services for the 'Purple Rain' hitmaker.

Prince's publicist confirmed the sad news earlier today.

They said in a statement: "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

It was previously reported that authorities were called to a medical emergency at the Minnesota estate at around 9.43am but did not immediately identify that the body was that of the 'Little Red Corvette' singer.

The shocking news comes after the singer was rushed to hospital on April 15 with a severe bout of flu, after taking a turn for the worse on his private jet after several weeks fighting the virus.

But the following day, the 'Raspberry Beret' hitmaker wanted to give fans "living proof" he was OK and made an appearance at a $10 dance party.

He didn't sing, but he did tell the crowd: "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

He also recently cancelled two shows due to illness.