This really is not a good year to be famous as Prince joins the infamous list of celebrities that have died so far in 2016.
The singer was briefly hospitalised last week for a flu emergency and cancelled two shows because of the illness.
For all the hits and the songs he wrote for other people, he will probably be best remembered for the song Purple Rain but i would put the song he wrote for The Bangles, 'Manic Monday' as his highlight.
He did lose his way in the 90s when he changed his name to symbol and the hits dried up but he was another performer who i grew up hearing on the radio with songs such as Sign of the Times, When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Kiss, Let's Go Crazy, Raspberry Beret.
The songs he wrote for other people are also an amazing list, 'Nothing Compares 2 U' by Sinead O'Connor, 'I feel for you' by Chaka Khan and the brilliant 'Manic Monday' by The Bangles.
The great 2016 cull of celebrities is still going strong it seems.