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When Doves Cry: Prince’s Career in Photos

Prince, one of America's most influential and enigmatic rock musicians, has died, his publicist told NBC News.

Prince performs at the Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California.

Pop music superstar Prince was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix.

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Prince performs at Cobo Hall in 1980 in Detroit.

He toured the world many times over, but was also reclusive, puzzling fans with offbeat antics and offending traditionalists with his mix of religious and sexual themes.

He also toyed with people's conceptions of him, often appearing sexually androgynous.

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Prince poses in the Netherlands in 1981.

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Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Feb. 18, 1985. Liu Heung Shing / AP

Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California.

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Prince performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 29, 2004.

The 57-year-old "Purple Rain" artist's death came a week after his tour plane made an emergency landing in Illinois, where he was hospitalized with what was described as the flu. That illness followed his cancelling a pair of concerts in Atlanta.

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Prince arrives with Manuela Testolini, his second wife, for the 77th Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2005 in Los Angeles. Testolini and Prince were divorced in 2006. KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / AP
Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on Feb. 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images

Musician Prince performs at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles in 2009.

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Prince performs on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris on June 30, 2011. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP - Getty Images
Singer Mary J. Blige, left, and recording artist Prince perform during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 22, 2012 in Las Vegas. Christopher Polk / Getty Images
Prince performs during the "HitnRun" tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images for NPG Records 2015

Prince walks off the court in the final seconds of the first half between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on March 3, 2016.

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