You don't particularly have to like rock music or anything close to it to know who Prince was. Having penned hundreds of songs for himself and many other artists, he was one of the most recognized names in the music industry.
His first break thru hit was "I Wanna Be Your Lover" back in 1979 and that started a very long career for him. His other hits thru the 80's included "Little Red Corvette", "1999", "Purple Rain", "Kiss", "Delirious" and many more.
Love him or hate him he had the charisma to make the music and videos people wanted to see on MTV, and that is where I was first introduced to him.
No cause of death has been determined, but many suspect it was the flu he has been fighting since April 7th. Besides his music, prince introduced Vanity to us all, and for that I am very grateful. She passed away on Feb 15th of this year at the young age of 57, the same as Prince.