The singer’s death marks the end of a long and prolific career in music.
Madonna has sold more than half a million albums and a half-million singles worldwide.
She also has a catalog that is bigger than any other artist’s.
But she has also had some tough years.
The singer has battled drug addiction and struggled with depression, which she addressed in a video for her 2010 hit, “Born This Way.”
“I’m not one of those people that wants to die.
I want to live forever,” Madonna said.
“I don’t want to be a statistic.
I don’t care if I’m the next David Bowie or the next Michael Jackson.
I’m a gift from my God.”
Madonna has said she doesn’t believe in heaven, but has said that her music has helped her cope with the depression.
Madonna’s mother, Donda, who died in 2009, has said her daughter was “a blessing to everyone in her life.”
The death of Madonna, 61, is a significant blow to the career of one of pop music’s most iconic and influential figures.
Her death will be felt far and wide.
Madonna died Wednesday night at her home in the Santa Monica neighborhood where she grew up.
The cause was “multiple myeloma, an aggressive cancer,” according to a statement from the California Department of Public Health.
Madonna is survived by her husband, Brian Williams, and two children.
She was born in England to Donda and producer Brian Wilson in 1976.
Her first album, The Fame, was released in 1978.
In the years that followed, she released hits including “Troublemaker,” “All the Way,” “Got to Give It Up” and “Like a Prayer.”
Her music has inspired generations of young people, and she remains one of the biggest stars in music today.
Her career peaked with her hit single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” in 1996.
Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
She is survived and will be remembered by millions of fans and fans of other artists and artists.
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