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honolulu to mountain view this saturday. >> hopefully we'll have sunny weather and we'll keep it in the air. lester holt joins us next from san francisco. ce.e to see you at 6:00. the music icon who made an indelible mark on american culture found dead at 57. shocking loss of a great talent. tonight, the tributes are pouring in. strategy shift, what donald trump said on nbc news about transgender people that has many asking is this a new trump and our exclusive with bernie sanders, why he won't quit the race. scandal settlement. volkswagen agrees to pay out for cheating emissions. an estimated billion dollars for drivers. shocking video, a man is punched, robbed and run over as bystanders offer no help. the question many ask tonight, what would you do if you were there? and long live the queen, the royals
gather to celebrate a milestone. "nightly news" begins right now. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from san francisco. good evening, music fans everywhere are reacting to the stunning loss of pop superstar prince. one of the most unique and dynamic performers that gave us hits such as "purple rain" and "little corvette." right now people are paying tribute at st. paul's memorial museum. there is a growing memorial outside prince's minneapolis area home as others are sharing grief on social media tonight. in his own statement, president obama writes the world lost a creative icon. the 57-year-old who blasted onto the music scene in the '70s with his edgy mix of rock, soul and funk was found in his home today unresponsive and was declared dead a short time later. we'll go back to minneapolis in a moment for more on prince's death, but first, a look back at his life with more, here is nbc's cynthia mcfadden.
♪ i never meant to cause you any sorrow ♪ >> reporter: he was given three names at birth, prince rogers nelson but he only needed one, prince. ♪ purple rain, purple rain ♪ >> vaulting to super stardom with "purple rain" prince won an academy award and six grammys. self-taught musician, his sound of pop, rock and funk seemed to follow no rules but his own. >> i wanted to be different. >> reporter: and he was. according to "rolling stone" he played virtually all the instruments from his first five albums. he wanted younger musicians to understand how he saw things. >> when i was rehearsing with beyonce for the grammys, i sat her down at the piano and helped her to learn just some simple scales. >> reporter: for her part, beyonce said she was star struck and it was also his skill as a performer that thrilled audiences.
his flamboyance legendary. he helped mold the still new world of music videos. ♪ >> reporter: "queen" with his explicit sexual lyrics and cinematic qualities. by 1990 he was such a part of the culture, it seemed everybody was singing his songs. ♪ i just want your extra time and your kiss ♪ even julia roberts in the film "pretty woman." there were a lot of firsts, to make his music available for download and the first and only music to change his name to this unpronounceable symbol. he said he did it to gain artistic freedom. his success was not confined to the recording studio. despite the soaking
rain in miami, his 2007 super bowl halftime show is considered by many the greatest one ever. ♪ >> reporter: bruce rogers designed that show. he remembers the producer getting on the phone with prince before the performance. >> i want you to know it's raining and prince is like yes, it's raining and are you okay? and prince is like can you make it rain harder? >> reporter: and that was part of the thrill of watching him. he was all in every time. but the bigger than life man on stage was famously shy off. >> you don't like the live camera? does it make you uncomfortable? >> not when i'm singing. >> reporter: married twice, his personal life remained largely unknown. >> i'm really musician at heart. that's really what i do. i'm not mysterious. i'm pretty open. people know my music, i would say know me. >> reporter: cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york.
>> there are still many questions tonight surrounding prince's death. at this point the cause remains unclear, but the legendary performer did have a health scare less than a week ago that led to his plane having to make an emergency landing. ron mott is at prince's paisley park complex outside minneapolis and has more. >> reporter: news of the 57-year-old singer's death at his famously paisley park estate quickly sparked shock and heartache. fans gathering outside the mansion tonight. >> i can't believe it's true. i can't believe he's gone. >> reporter: authorities confirmed prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his home at 9:43 this morning. he was pronounced dead a short time later. his publicist saying there are no further details as to the cause of death at this time. just one week ago, prince was in atlanta for his final public performance. the next day, a private plane taking him back home to minnesota made an emergency landing in illinois, and prince was rushed to the
hospital. his aid said he was suffering from the flu having recently cancelled a number of scheduled concerts. saturday he was released from the hospital and threw a dance party to mark the occasion. according to attendees, prince addressed his health telling the crowd, wait a few days before you waste in the prayers on me. >> sounded great, sounded normal. >> reporter: prince was perhaps the most famously if not famous shy native resident of the twin cities area. madonna calling him a true visionary. aretha franklin. >> such a blow. it's just -- it's really surreal. it's kind of unbelievable. definitely an original and a one of a kind. >> reporter: in a fitting tribute, the ballpark where his hometown twins played,
purple as rain falls on the city. it may be some time before we know the official cause of death. late last week when word circulated that prince fell ill on this airplane ride home, a lot of fans were understandably concerned but few if any could imagine him dying here today. this road in front of paisley park has been closed for hours and has not stopped the steady stream of people to pay respects to the man that was an icon to the community and world. lester? >> such a shocking loss, ron, thanks. we're going to play more of prince's music later on in the broadcast. >> let's turn now to the race for president and donald trump making major waves with something he said this morning on "today." it concerns north carolina's controversial law that dictates which bathrooms transgender people may use. trump's comments appear to signal a more moderate shift and some are asking is it a sign of things to come? is nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: donald trump moving towards the middle sounding moderate on social issues criticizing north carolina's transgender bathroom
ban. >> people go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. >> so if caitlyn jenner were to walk into trump tower and want to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses? >> that is correct. >> have we gone nuts? >> reporter: ted cruz wasted no time attacking painting the front runner as a liberal. >> donald trump agreed with hillary clinton and barack obama in attacking the state of north carolina for passing their bathroom order. >> reporter: but trump went further. on abortion he told "the today show" the republican platform should expand to allow exceptions for rape, incest and life of a mother. >> i would, absolutely. i would absolutely for the three exceptions. >> reporter: trump 2.0 in full effect. the campaign trying to mend fences with the establishment at the rnc's spring meeting in florida. >> we're here really
to let him know we'll run a traditional campaign with him. >> reporter: a traditional trump was once unthinkable but paul mannafort saying it's time to adjust. >> it's will be a trump brand of the party but we're republicans running as a team. >> reporter: trump's new strategy, more substance and les unnecessary exposure. >> what's the one hat you wish you'd give us? >> tweeting. >> reporter: trump is about to take the stage in harrisberg, pennsylvania tonight and yet in another sign to the campaign is turning more traditional. they hired a speech writer and donald trump will practice on a teleprompter. telling insiders tonight you can't change somebody's character but you can change the way somebody presents themselves. lester? >> katy tur tonight, thank you. >> let's turn to the democratic battle and our nbc news exclusive interview with bernie sanders speaking one-on-one with andrea mitchell. sanders admits his
path to the nomination is growing more difficult but also opens up why he's not dropping out and what it would take for him to eventually endorse hillary clinton. >> reporter: bernie sanders firing up a big crowd in redding, pennsylvania. but in his first interview since his devastating loss in new york, sanders acknowledged the path to the nomination is now hard. >> unrealistic, it's a hard path. i admit that. >> if after june 7th, after california, if you don't have majority, would you then concede endorse her the way she did of barack obama? >> look, if we do not have majority, i think it will be very hard for us to win. >> sanders a life-long socialist until this race says he will stay a democrat no matter what and raise money for democrats but will he help clinton if she's the nominee? >> this is a two-way street, andrea. what will secretary clinton do? >> does he regret how nasty new york got? >> i wish it had not gotten that negative. >> after appeals by party leaders to tone down the rhetoric,
sanders noticeably not attacking clinton at rallies today but the wounds are still raw. he is angry about this tweet from clinton supporter david plouffe calling it a fraud because it tell s supporters he has a path to the nomination. >> in many cases i'm being attacked by the clinton team unfairly. >> will sanders help clinton win the votes of young supporters? he told me that depends whether her platform adopts his ideas. andrea mitchell, nbc news, redding pennsylvania. a big development in one of the biggest scandals in the history of auto industry. volkswagon reached a broad settlement to compensate owners of diesel cars with technology to cheat emissions test. as nbc's tom costello tells us, it's an estimated billion dollars in cash payments and buy backs. >> reporter: a company that built its reputation on reliability is paying the price for fraud. >> volkswagon is a leader in fuel-efficient
tdi clean diesel technology. >> reporter: the clean diesel technology wasn't clean at all. vw says tricking the emissions test while polluting at 40 times the legal limit. in new jersey where sales are down double digits, this vw dealer calls it the biggest fraud he's ever seen. >> after 25 years we've been treated like a hershey wrapper after the candy bar is consumed. we've been tossed in the gutter. >> reporter: today a federal judge approved the broad outlines of vw's plan to compensate the half million customers in america that bought the affected models, including the 2.0 jettas, beetles, pa passats and audis
a-3s. the scandal will cost vw billions of dollars. the ceo forced out a criminal investigation underway and u.s. sales down 7%. >> volkswagon has a reputation of just being brilliant in terms of engineering and that has been damaged. >> reporter: in a statement, the company says volkswagon intends to compensate customers fully and remediate any impact. vw has until june 21st to finalize how it plans to compensate owners likely through cash compensation, buybacks and even cancelling leases. now to a widening humanitarian crisis arising in ecuador. in the wake of the devastating earthquake there. many are going without food and water and five days after the quake struck, hope of finding more survivors is fading as the death toll continues to mount. miguel almaguer is there. >> reporter: five days after the massive earthquake, desperate stories of survival. rescue teams sifting through debris. 163 are still missing, time is running out. survivors face a different kind of fight to stay alive. this is no mountain of rubble. the dump is where veronica looks for
food. our houses were destroyed she says. at least we survived with something from here. the streets are filled with the desperate. 23,000 left homeless. in tent cities, this is how the young try to keep clean. hundreds of families, thousands of children sleeping on the tarmac of a shattered airport in tropical heat. vivianna tells us, we get one meal a day and we'll be here at least a year. her daughter hanna is 1 year old. for many here, these tent cities are the normal. these families have nowhere else to turn and no idea where they will go next. but there is still hope working day and night miraculous rescues, three pulled from the rubble overnight in the darkest places they find life. francisco was pulled from beneath layers of concrete. it felt like the end of the world he says.
he is one survivor. a glimmer of hope in a country that is shattered. miguel almaguer, nbc news, ecuador. still ahead tonight, caught on camera, no one stopped to help a man after he was attacked, robbed in the street and then killed when a car ran over him. all of it unfolded, if it unfolded in front of you, what would you have done? also, what do you get for the queen who has everything? how britain's monarch is celebrating her 90th birthday.
we're back now with a very troubling case making national headlines that raises the question, what would you do? a chain of events caught on camera that led to a man's tragic death on a chicago street and while it unfolded, bystanders appeared to do nothing to help. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the video which some viewers may find disturbing. >> reporter: died alone unconscious outside a busy 7-eleven, cab running over him. the horror caught on camera. >> how could people just walk by like nothing happened? this is a human, this is a person. what if this was your family? how would you feel about that? >> reporter: marquis gaines was 32 years old and worked as a bartender at a downtown hotel. his family is suing the cab driver, two cab companies and 7-eleven claiming they
did not provide adequate security. february 7th in chicago at 4:00 a.m. he buys chips inside the store. as he's leaving, security escorts out another man. at 4:16 that man punches gaines who falls to the street. at 4:17 two men appear rifle through his pockets. seconds later, the 7-eleven security guard calls 911 from inside. gaines lies in the street for nearly two minutes, multiple bystanders seemingly do nothing. a taxi then turns the corner and runs him over. neither the taxi driver nor the cab companies or 7-eleven returned our call. >> their customer was attacked in their threshold initially and chased away from their store while their security guard was that far away. >> reporter: there have been no arrests but tonight plenty of question why a man died alone as so many did nothing to help. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. >> tough to watch. we're back in a moment with the big change that could spell
this might sting a bit for the genius kids competing in the scripps national belling bee. this year's competition will be harder after the last two years ended in tears when spellers exhausted the 25 preselected championship questions. now the final rounds could have as many as 75 words and organizers can pick tougher ones as they go. a major celebration across the pond in great britain today as queen elizabeth turned the big 9-0. a major milestone for the monarch and milestone to make memories on her 90th birthday. our kier simmons has the story. >> reporter: some things never change. the queen lighting a beacon tonight overseeing thousands of official occasions. this time, though, the occasion her 90th birthday. a new picture today with grandchildren and
great grandchildren, nothing new for the queen. here a young mother with charles and william and henry providing commentary. >> he looks like george, and george looks like him. >> reporter: another image today with her beloved dogs reflecting another era when she was princess elizabeth. truth is, the queen has changed. her reign was rocked by the death of diana when tony blair was prime minister. >> she thought about it, she adjusted, she moved and she then recovered her poise. >> reporter: but now, at 90, she's loved. there are cheers, people singing, bells ringing. the queen doesn't like a fuss but it is her birthday. and unlike many leaders these days, respected because she is genuine, says the u.s. ambassador here. >> warm, welcoming and wonderful. the queen is awesome.
[ laughter ] >> reporter: tonight the president arrived in london. tomorrow, he'll lunch with the queen whose met 11 u.s. leaders, and she is still here. now entering her tenth decade. keir simmons, nbc news. when we come back, more of the man and his music. prince's greatest hits from his decades in the spotlight. next at 6: renewed hope tonight
we'll end our broadcast tonight with a look back at the music of the legendary prince who died today at 57. prince was a prolific artist who released four albums in just the last two years of his life. for the fans he left so much great music behind and we'll be listening to for decades to come. we'll let his music take us off the air tonight as we say good night from san francisco. ♪ let's go ♪ so tonight we're going to party like it's 1999 ♪ ♪ she wore a raspberry beret ♪ ♪ the kind you find in a secondhand store ♪
♪ i'll rock the house, i'll rock the whole world ♪ ♪ i would die for you, darling if you want me to ♪ ♪ purple rain, purple rain ♪ ♪ purple rain, purple ...it was him with a piano . nbc bay area news starts now. it was him with a piano and a microphone. it was simple. it was pure. and it was intimate. right now at 6:00, the bay area is remembering prince and the several shows he played here just last month. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. i'm raj mathai. an emotional night for a lot of people around the world, that includes here in the bay area. prince was no stranger to the local music scene. he played many shows here. made a lot of memories for his fans. the paramount theater changing
his marquis tonight in honor of prince. he played oakland in late february. in early march, he played at the oracle arena. it will be lit up in purple later tonight. after his concert he gave an intimate performance late late night in san francisco. >> jodi hernandez is at the music hall with more on the mourning of the death of this music legend and so many connections to so many people here. >> reporter: jessica, i think it's about everybody is feeling a sense of loss. but folks here at the great american music hall are feeling grateful. prince chose this venue for one of his final performances. a performance they will will never forget. ve