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thanks for joining us. >> for all of us here at abc 7 news, thanks for the time. see breaking news. prince, the death of a legend. the music superstar, today found dead at his estate. ♪ tonight i'm going to party like it's 1999 ♪ >> one of the best selling artists ever. the new tour had just begun. tonight, the mystery over his death. the images coming in right now. fans and celebrities in shock. we're live. culture war. the battle over transgender rights rips into the gop race for president. trump and cruz, on opposite sides. also breaking, zika emergency. tonight, a new case. a pregnant woman in america, infected. and the new controversial weapon to fight zika -- the release of genetically modified mosquitoes. now, a community in revolt. and, airborne.
the freak weather system tearing across the schoolyard, sending a little boy high into the air. how he survived. good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david. thanks for joining us on a thursday night. we begin with the breaking news stunning millions of fans around the world. pioneering music legend prince has died at the age of 57. police responding to his estate in minnesota today. he was hospitalized with the flu last week. prince, rising to fame in the '80s while challenging sexual and racial stereotypes. his smash album, "purple rain" selling more than 13 million copies. he sold more than 100 million records worldwide. making him one of the best-selling artists ever.
he kicked off a new tour earlier this year. and he recently revealed he was writing a memoir. here's linsey davis in minneapolis. >> reporter: he was master of the grand spectacle. >> dearly beloved, we are gathered here to get through this thing called life. oh, no. let's go. >> reporter: dazzling millions at the super bowl. and then seven days ago prince sat alone on a stage in atlanta playing his purple piano. then just hours later, a moment of crisis. his plane made an emergency landing in moline, illinois. prince was rushed to the hospital. >> and prince is rushed to the hospital. >> reporter: his spokeswoman saying he was battling the flu. he'd already cancelled two shows earlier this month. three hours later prince went home, sounding upbeat on twitter, saying, quote, "i am still floating on a cloud of purple intoxication" from the concert. "i am transformed."
the next day the music icon sent fans a message he was okay. holding a surprise appearance at his paisley park studio, telling the crowd, "wait a few days before you waste any prayers." that was last saturday. this morning at 9:43 a.m. an ambulance was dispatched to prince's home. >> we need a paramedic at paisley park. person down, not breathing. >> reporter: the music legend was discovered unconscious in an elevator. paramedics performed cpr but are unable to revive him and at 10:07 a.m. 57-year-old prince rogers nelson was pronounced dead. the cause, still a mystery. authorities are investigating. immediately tearful fans assembled outside paisley park, where a memorial is growing. online, an outpouring of grief from music's biggest stars. madonna posting this picture saying, "he changed the world. a true visionary. what a loss. i am devastated." mick jagger writing, "prince's
talent was limitless. he was one of the most unique and talented artists of the last 30 years." and from president obama, these words, "nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative." tonight on the marquee of harlem's famed apollo theater this message, "nothing compares 2 u." so many now remembering prince's boundless showmanship, sharing the video of that super bowl performance. it was pouring that day. the show's producers concerned prince might cancel, and called him up. >> put me on the phone with prince. don says, "i want you to know it's raining." and prince was like, "yes, it's raining." and, "are you okay?" and prince was like, "can you make it rain harder?" and i was like, "right on!" >> reporter: and later that night, one week ago, that same song. his fans still singing along. ♪ purple rain purple rain
>> and that right there, his last performance. linsey joins us live. the big question, do we know anything more about how he died? >> we're just hearing from police here. they're saying they do not believe the death was suspici s suspicious. he was seen by a doctor just yesterday. a medical examiner will run a number of tests to determine the cause of death. >> thank you. prince's music, going beyond genera genres and definitions. byron pitts on the performer, unique in every way. >> reporter: prolific, pioneering. ♪ little red corvette >> reporter: a star so big the world knew him simply by his first name, prince. born prince rogers nelson, 1958,
in minneapolis. writing his first song at 7, his first album at 19. his hits endless. mixing the profane, the profound, an intoxicating brew of sexuality and spirituality on stage. ♪ she wore a raspberry beret ♪ the kind you'd buy in a secondhand store ♪ >> reporter: seven grammys, a golden globe, an academy award for "purple rain" in 1985. ♪ purple rain purple rain >> reporter: standing just 5'2", his flamboyance, his funk. known to have played every instrument, sung every line of his music. here he is at his 2004 hall of fame induction ceremony. "rolling stone" called him one
of the 100 greatest artists of all time. no one knows exactly how many songs prince wrote and produced. he kept a treasure trove of never released work at his home in minneapolis. married twice, famously private, he changed his name to a symbol in 1993, becoming "the artist formerly known as prince." explaining his reasons in part to larry king. >> i had to search deep within my heart and spirit and make a change. and move to a new plateau in my life. and one of the ways in which i did that, to change my name. it sort of divorced me from the past and the hangups that go along with it. ♪ maybe i'm just too demanding >> reporter: prince once said of himself, "as i go on this journey called life i rarely look back." tonight and for many nights to come, we will. ♪ this is what it sounds like when doves cry ♪ >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> we thank byron for that report. so many tributes coming in tonight.
the biggest names in music just as shocked with today's news. a short time ago, i spoke with aretha franklin. about what made prince's music so special and timeless. >> it was just a blow. a real blow. anytime he got to the beat, you wanted to get up and move. he had longevity in the industry, simply because he was a natural, and he had "it." what they call "it" in the business. he's gone, but his music will live on forever. >> aretha franklin tonight. and we'll have much more on the death of prince tonight on a special edition of "nightline" and a special "20/20" tomorrow night. we turn now to the race for president. and the new war of words between donald trump and ted cruz. trump speaking out against north carolina's controversial law targeting transgender people. cruz accusing him of bowing down to political correctness. the new battle erupting
kurt schilling was fired. cecilia vega on the new battle, and this one has nothing to do with counting delegates. >> reporter: he is the all-star who famously pitched the red sox to victory, bloody sock and all. but tonight, kurt schilling smack in the middle of the republican campaign with this social media post. a graphic image showing a man dressed as a woman and the words, "let him into the restroom with your daughter." the post in support of north carolina's law banning transgender people from using bathrooms that do not correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. schilling writing, "a man is a man no matter what they call themselves." >> i stated a fact. men's bathrooms were designed for people that stand up and women's weren't. >> reporter: but schilling, quickly fired from his espn analyst job. and today texas senator ted cruz coming to his defense. >> the idea that grown men would
be allowed alone in a bathroom with little girls, you don't need to be a behavioral psychologist to realize that bad things can happen. >> reporter: but donald trump now making it clear he doesn't agree and is against north carolina's bathroom ban. >> you leave it the way it is. there have been very few complaints the way it is. >> reporter: the gop frontrunner saying if a transgender person like caitlyn jenner came into trump tower, she could use any bathroom she wants. cruz pouncing. >> he thought that men should be able to go into the girls' bathroom if they want to. now let me ask you. have we gone stark raving nuts? >> reporter: ted cruz said that donald trump is being no different than "politically correct leftist elites." trump says the north carolina law hurts businesses. and by some estimates, the boycotts could cost the state tens of millions of dollars. >> cecilia vega from philadelphia tonight. thank you. one more headline tonight about north carolina's controversial law. nba commissioner adam silver
today saying next year's all-star game may be moved out of charlotte if the law isn't changed. he didn't say specifically when that decision would be made. now to milwaukee, the disturbing scene in a high school classroom. video showing a teacher's aide appearing to tackle a 14-year-old student, yelling at him, holding him down by the neck. the aide arrested, and could be fired. the student, taken to the hospital with minor injuries. the video does not show what led to the incident. and a frightening scene at a school in delaware. police investigating the death of a 16-year-old girl, dying today after a fight with other girls. school and city officials fighting back tears. mary bruce at the school in delaware tonight. >> reporter: a shocking scene at a delaware high school. a 16-year-old girl critically injured after a fight with two other female students. paramedics make a desperate attempt to save the sophomore,
performing cpr and putting her on a helicopter to a nearby hospital. it was 8:15 a.m. at the highly regarded howard high school of technology. classes not yet under way when that violent clash broke out in the women's restroom. one witness says during the fight the student hit her head on a sink. she died later this morning at the hospital. >> this is an unforeseen and unbelievable tragedy for the family. >> reporter: the mayor speaking at a press conference, unable to hold back tears. >> my heart is broken. i am so upset that a young lady lost her life today. >> reporter: as this community mourns, police are talking to the other two girls involved. but so far, no arrests have been made. tom? >> an incredibly sad story. mary, thank you. we move to texas, the flood emergency around houston far
from over. the army corps of engineers closely watching these two aging dams, pushed to the limit. water being released to ease some of the pressure. and a new round of flooding forcing new evacuations. the flooding covering 12,000 square miles. flood warnings remain in effect in several counties. the forecast expected to improve tomorrow. we move on to the growing zika emergency in america. a new case being confirmed tonight. now at least 359 cases in 41 states. the virus linked to brain birth defects in newborns. and now, health officials with a controversial plan to keep zika from spreading. a key west community part of the experiment, and it's outraged. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: families in this neighborhood outside key west tonight are beyond upset. >> we don't want to be lab rats. >> reporter: telling us they'll sue if the government allows a
british company to release millions of genetically modified male mosquitoes near their homes in an effort to fight the zika virus. >> if this is allowed to move forward, we won't be the only place they target to test. >> reporter: the scientific community admits it's an experiment, but says it could give authorities a good way to kill the mosquitoes that can carry zika and other diseases. >> the genetically modified male mates with the wild female, and the offspring does not develop into an adult, it dies before adulthood. >> reporter: the signs in nearly every yard say it clearly, the families give "no consent." most of the new bugs are male and will quickly die, but they're still worried because a small amount of these man-made mosquitoes will be the females that bite. their online petition is now 166,000 strong. but the cdc, the fda, and even local officials say this is safe. and tonight, researchers are sharing this alarming map. areas around the world where conditions are right for zika to thrive. more than 2.2 billion people at risk. county officials here have
agreed to hold a vote on the issue but say they may still move forward no matter the results. and if not here, somewhere else. tom? >> steve, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. our "real money" team is back. the tips you need to turn your spring cleaning into cash. and the items sitting on your shelf that could put hundreds of dollars into your pocket. plus, the big reveal tonight from the fbi director. the huge amount it cost to unlock a terrorist iphone. was it worth it? and, run for cover. the picture you have to see to believe. a dust devil blowing so hard through a schoolyard, sending one student airborne. stay with us. ...what we're building together... ...and could this happen again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? i spoke to my doctor and she told me about eliquis.
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♪ nothing compares to you >> reporter: his songs could also make you dance. in 1984, he wrote songs for chaka khan and sheila e. both landed in the top ten that year. so many hits, so little time, he once said. like the bangles' "manic monday." a prolific songwriter. so how does one measure his talent and legacy? prince answered that question himself. ♪ nothing compares nothing compares to you ♪ >> an incredible talent. thank you so much for watching. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night.
>> the set was funky, fun. bathed in purple light. >> fans remember what it was like to see a legend in person. why police hope flywood could help them find a missing 2-year-old girl. >> the warriors looking for a win without their star. it could be hard to wake your kids in the morning. the bay area school district that could make changes to help high school students get more of what they need. he broke new ground. the bay area and world remember prince. >> awesome. living legend. >> when he comes he brings it. >> people e-mailing me and texting me from all over the world saying he was supposed to
be immortal. is it true? i feel so empty now. saddened and shocking. good evening, everybody, i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. tonight a memorial is growing in front of prince's minneapolis home. that is where he was found dead inside of an elevator. authorities say the death is not suspicious. prince had been battling the flu for weeks. thursday, his plane made an emergency landing in illinois so he can be treated. he was hospitalized for three hours. fans in the bay area are some of the last people who saw him in concert. he brought the crowd to its feet at oracle arena last month and a private show in san francisco. vic lee is in the newsroom. his music impacted so many. >> reporter: his music did reach out to a lot of people. generations, in fact. and as you mentioned he was