A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of superstar Prince, who died suddenly at his home in Minnesota on Thursday, aged 57.
Police found the legendary musician unresponsive inside a lift at the property, and paramedics were unable to revive him, the sheriff said.
A wave of tributes has swept around the world for the enigmatic musician who sold more than 100m records.
Fans gathered across America to dance and sing along to his hits.
Illuminated buildings from Las Vegas to Melbourne, Australia, turned purple – the colour with which he was associated since the release of his album Purple Rain.
Prince’s innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz, and he was at his peak in the 1980s with albums like Purple Rain, 1999 and Sign O’ The Times.
The singer had been rushed to hospital in Illinois last Friday, while flying home from a concert in Georgia, but he was been treated and released after a few hours.
‘The people are just distraught’
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota said an examination would be conducted on Friday but warned it could be days or weeks before any findings were released.
A transcript of the emergency call to the sheriff’s office which reported the death has been released to US media.
Phoning at 09:43 (15:43 GMT) on Thursday, an unidentified male caller says, “We have someone who is unconscious.”
Struggling when asked to name the address, the caller replies, “Um, we’re at Prince’s house.”
“Yea, we have um, yea, we have um, so, yea, um, the person is dead here,” the caller continues, adding, “And the people are just distraught.”
An unidentified female caller later joins the conversation to give the number of the house.
“You’re at Paisley Park, OK, that’s in Chanhassen,” the police dispatcher checks. “Are you with the person who’s…”
The male caller interrupts to confirm, “Yes, it’s Prince.”
US President Barack Obama said the world had “lost a creative icon”.
Among the many stars to post tributes was U2’s Bono. “I never met Mozart, I never met Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker I never met Elvis But I met Prince,” he tweet, with a picture of the lyrics to Prince’s song The Cross.
Film director Spike Lee, a friend of Prince’s, led an improvised party in Brooklyn, New York, calling fans to a celebration of the late star.
“5,000 Purple Prince Lovers Came Out To Show How We Feel About Da Man,” the director wrote on Instagram. “We Shouted, Sang And Danced. It Was All Brooklyn LOVE For PRINCE…”
In Prince’s native Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins baseball team turned their stadium purple, as did the Lowry Avenue Bridge in the centre of the city.
On Thursday evening, hundreds of people gathered for an all-night party at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, where Prince recorded his 1984 hit Purple Rain.
One fan outside Prince’s home told BBC News: “He was a legend of our city, he was probably the shining star here.”
Born in 1958, Prince was a prolific writer and performer from a young age – reportedly writing his first song when he was seven.
He was also an arranger and multi-instrumentalist, and recorded more than 30 albums. His best-known hits include Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.
In 1984, he won an Oscar for the score to Purple Rain, a film in which he also starred.
Throughout his career he had a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
He had a mercurial relationship with technology. In 2000, he released singles via the pioneering music-sharing service Napster, but he later declared the internet “completely over” and refused to allow his music on major streaming platforms.
Prince’s latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.
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