I just wrote up a quick obituary on one of my favorite rock, R&B and jazz artists. The artist known as Prince was found dead today in an elevator inside his home. He was 57. Find my full obit for him here.

So far, the cause of death is unknown, reps say, adding that the police are investigating.

Earlier today, however, a rep talking to TMZ noted that the musician had been struggling with a bad case of influenza for weeks.

Here is “Purple Rain” from the eponymous album it headlines.

Very sad to see such a gifted artist go … gs.

Cover image credit: Above: Prince’s symbol, which Prince used instead of his name for several years in the 1990s: Simon Cousins, via Google+

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Gina Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's biography, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It. A former national TV correspondent and nationally syndicated talk radio host, she is an award winning tech journalist and editorial director of aNewDomain Media, which produces independent journalistic blogs and content for Fortune 50 companies. Separately.

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