Prince, Music Icon, Dies At Age 57

By Victoria Kim 04/22/16

The seven-time Grammy winner was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator on his Paisley Park estate.

Prince, Music Icon, Dies At Age 57
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Music legend Prince has died at age 57. The sudden death of the transcendent singer, songwriter and sex symbol stunned fans around the world.

The cause of death is yet unknown. The results of an autopsy conducted Friday at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office could take days (or weeks) before they are complete, according to the office. 

The seven-time Grammy winner was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator in his studio complex, which is part of his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. According to authorities, he was unable to be revived by paramedics.

“When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator,” Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said in a statement. “Emergency medical workers attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.”

According to his publicist, Prince was “fighting the flu” as recently as last week, when his plane had to make an emergency landing in Illinois due to a health scare. Days before his death, at a dance party he hosted at Paisley Park Saturday night, he told fans, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” 

“I guess maybe he knew something,” a tearful fan who came to pay tribute at the singer’s home told the New York Times. “He was just here Saturday. He was fine.” 

According to TMZ, the emergency landing wasn’t for the flu, but an overdose. But that has yet to be determined. His protege, Vanity, also passed away this year from a rare health condition, likely exacerbated by her chronic use of crack cocaine in the ‘90s that left her kidneys so damaged she required regular dialysis. Prince left behind his rock and roll lifestyle and became Jehovah’s Witness in 2001.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among all his works, he’ll be remembered most for his hit singles like “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss.” He changed the game with his 1984 album Purple Rain, which sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. alone and won him an Academy Award.

Fans across the globe are mourning the loss of the music icon. Even President Obama commented on his passing in a statement: “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. He was a virtuosos instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.”

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