Sheriff: Prince was unresponsive in elevator; CPR failed

Prince, one of the best-selling recording artists in music history, passed yesterday at just 57 years old. Widely considered one of the m...

Prince, one of the best-selling recording artists in music history, passed yesterday at just 57 years old. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians in history, his career spanned four decades. 

Prince,  a prodigy, a provocateur and a complete game-changer in popular music, died Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. He was 57.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson confirmed Thursday afternoon that deputies and medics were dispatched to Paisley Park around 9:43 a.m. CT, where they found the singer unresponsive in an elevator. Their attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. 


The department's statement added that it is still investigating the death with assistance from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

"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 at the age of 57," his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, wrote in a statement. She did not elaborate on the cause of his death.

A transcript of the 9-1-1 call from Prince's Paisley Park estate illustrates the tension after the body was found.

"We have someone who is unconscious," says an unidentified male. "We're at Prince's house."

After questioning from dispatcher Emily Colestock, the unidentified male tries to find an address.

"The person is dead here," the male says. "And the people are just distraught."

Colestock asks, "OK, do we know how the person died?"

"I don't know, I don't know," the unidentified male says.

Later, an ambulance dispatcher named Shirley is heard telling dispatcher Kayley McGarry that she can " ... cancel anybody going to Audubon," referring to Prince's street. "Confirmed DOA."

Prince had been briefly hospitalized Friday after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Illinois' Quad City International Airport. Noel-Schure told USA TODAY that he had been struggling with the flu.

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