Music icon known as Prince was found dead inside an elevator at Paisley Park Studios, Thursday morning and authorities have yet to confirm the cause of his death as they will still be conducting an autopsy to rule out the possibility of foul play.
Prince, who stunned the music world with his hits “Kiss” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” whose real name Prince Rogers Nelson was found unresponsive inside the studio’s elevator and paramedics were immediately called in and they tried to revive the 57-year old. But Caver County Sheriff Jim Olson told CNN that medical staff on the scene were not able to revive Prince and he was brought to the hospital and was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Olson stated that they are also investigating the circumstances of his death as Prince was spotted leaving a local pharmacy, which TMZ learned was his fourth visit, indicating that the health of the singer-songwriter was far from better. It was learned that Prince left the said pharmacy around 7 p.m. Wednesday night after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Prince’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed his death but didn’t provide in-depth details about the possible cause or who was with Prince at the time of his death.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning,” Noel-Schure said.
Word of his death sent a shock wave around the music scene and even fans troop to where he was found dead and placed flowers over the fence near the studio and his home in Minnesota. Grief flooded social media while fans stormed record bars to purchase memorabilia of the iconic Prince.
Unbelievable! A rainbow appears over Prince's Paisley Park during our live broadcast on Ch. 5. pic.twitter.com/nyq5bZP76e
— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) April 21, 2016
Purple Rain. Purple Tears. Miss you already, @prince– among kings. Thank you for your life's work. We will always be listening.
— rachael ray (@rachaelray) April 21, 2016
An extraordinary artist, innovator, performer and icon, Prince’s singular musical gifts will live on. pic.twitter.com/30J6xjWGTE
— The Fillmore Detroit (@FillmoreDetroit) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
Even U.S. President Barack Obama joined the mourners in grieving the lost of a talented and electrifying singer, who also made known the song “Purple Rain.”
“As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader and an electrifying performer. ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative,” Obama stated.
Prince health concern hit the headlines last week when his private jet had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, just 48 minutes from his home. But moments later, Prince was said to have been discharge from the hospital since TMZ sources explained that he did not seem doing well and needed much medical attention.
Prince even took the stage the night before he died at a dance party near his home and curiously said, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” As if he knew that his time was nearly coming.
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