CHANHASSEN, Minn. (KRON) – Eclectic musical genius Prince was found dead Thursday morning at his recording studios in Minnesota only days after battling a severe flu, officials say. He was 57.
The cause of death is unknown at this time. It’s too early to say whether foul play was involved in his death, Sheriff’s officials said.
“When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator,” Carver County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
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According to the Sheriff’s office, first responders gave Prince CPR but they were “unable to revive the victim.”
He died only days after he was rushed to hospital with severe flu. According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, who first reported Prince’s death, the musician was treated for a drug overdose six days before his death, TMZ reported, citing multiple sources.
“Multiple sources in Moline tell us, Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a ‘save shot’ … typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate,'” TMZ reported.
Carver County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Kamerud says foul play “is neither suspected nor not suspected.”
Kamerud tells The Associated Press that it’s simply too early in the investigation. He says he’s not sure how long it will take to process the death scene because of the size of the compound.
His sister, Tyka Nelson, emerged from his suburban Minneapolis compound early Thursday evening to look at bouquets, balloons and signs left by fans of her brother, then approached the crowd of nearly 200.
Nelson told the fans that her brother “loved all of you. Thank you for loving him back.”
The news left fans, celebrities, and even the White House, in disbelief.
“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,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. ” ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”
Katy Perry also sent out a tweet after learned of the singer’s death: “And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…”
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Prince made his musical debut in 1978 with the release of his album “For You.” Prince, who was well-known for his wide vocal range, sang all his songs and played guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards.
He rose to worldwide fame in the early 1980s with his multi-platinum party song “1999” (Party Like It’s 1999) and power ballad “Purple Rain,” the latter which was made into a movie starring the musician.
Coincidentally, Prince’s protege Denise Matthews, best known as pop starlet “Vanity,” died Feb. 15, also at the age of 57.
Matthews spent her final days in the Bay Area and died at a hospital in Fremont. A note on a gofundme page in Matthews’ name describes a battle with multiple health issues.