Pop superstar Prince dies at 57 ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page JOHN G. MABANGLO/European Pressphoto Agency/file 2016 Music icon Prince was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis Thursday, his publicist said. CHRIS O’MEARA/Associated Press/file 207 The superstar, who was 57, was hailed as a musical and social trailblazer. LAURENT GILLIERON/European Pressphoto Agency/file 2007 The man born Prince Rogers Nelson “rewrote the rulebook,” reads the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s dedication. Prince was inducted in 2004. MIKE BLAKE/Reuters/file 2007 He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. ROB BURNS/AP/file 1985 The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” CHRIS PIZZELLO/Reuters/file 2006 Rarely lacking in confidence, Prince effortlessly absorbed the music of others and made it sound like Prince. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel/file 2012 Prince, pictured performing with Mary J. Blige, had been touring and recording right up until his death. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Prince performs with artist India.Arie onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP Photo Prince and Beyonce perform the opening act of the 46th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2004. MARC DUCREST/MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL / HANDOUT Prince performing on the Stravinski Hall stage during the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2013. DIRK WAEM/EPA Prince performing at his concert at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium Liu Heung Shing/AP Prince performed at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. in 1985. SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images Prince posed with his wife Mayte in June 1999. A Kevin Winter/Getty Images Prince performed at Coachella in 2008 in Indio, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images Prince and Mary J. Blige performed at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.