Legendary rock star and music icon Prince was found dead in his estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, last Thursday, April 21, 2016. He had a career that transcended many other artists during his time and was a legend in the field of funk, pop, and jazz for decades.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson , was last spotted by cameras leaving a Walgreens pharmacy fifteen hours before he was pronounced dead at the age of 57. As of this writing, no official statement of the case has been released.
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Prince’s death comes on the heels of cancelling two shows this month due to the flu. The news of the cancellation came to light after the Fox Theater announced during the concert that “the entertainer is battling the flu.”
It wasn’t too long before Prince went back on to performing, but the often hardworking singer didn’t seem like himself playing the two concerts in Atlanta for merely 80 minutes, which is shorter compared to his usual shows. It also seemed that his health had deteriorated from there. During his flight back to Minnesota, Prince’s plane needed to make an emergency landing and the entertainer was quickly rushed to a hospital in Moline, Illinois, where he was advised to stay for 24 hours. But when a private room was not provided, his whole group left.
The 57-year-old music icon was then seen at around 7:00 p.m. on April 20 at a Walgreens pharmacy looking “frail and nervous” with a group of employees or friends. It was his fourth visit to the pharmacy within only a week. It is unknown why he went to the store himself or if he picked up a prescription, though per Walgreens protocol, anyone with Prince’s phone number and address could have retrieved medication for him.
A publicist for Prince made an announcement that the singer had returned home and assured fans that he was “fine.” In fact, Prince made yet another appearance, but this time, for a small group of fans in his hometown in Minnesota. It was there that he assured his fans that he was alive and well, going as far as telling them this chilling message: “When you hear news, give it a few days before you waste any prayers.”
A day before his death, he was actually spotted by TMZ in what is said to be his fourth visit this week. According to employees of that Walgreens branch, the music legend had been looking frail. That was the last time cameras caught up with him as he died the following day after being found unresponsive in the elevator of his own estate in Minnesota at 9.43 a.m. EST.
Prince was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes after he was found unconscious. The team tried to administer CPR but was unable to revive the pop star.
An actual emergency dispatch call was claimed by TMZ, the 911 dispatcher can be heard saying, “male down, not breathing.” It was said that the days leading to his death, Prince had been observed to have been exhibiting flu-like symptoms, although his team has not made an official statement on the cause.
Still according to TMZ, sources have said that Prince had been treated for drug overdose and was given a “safe shot” to counteract the effects of the overdose.
A closer look into Prince’s medical history showed that he used to have seizures, which he shared with PBS host Tavis Smiley, saying, “I’ve never spoken about this before, but I was born epileptic. I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn’t know what to do or how to handle it, but they did the best they could with what little they had.” Prince then went on to pen the song “The Sacrifice of Victor,” which is about a boy struggling with epilepsy for seven years of his life.
It should be known that epilepsy is a lifelong disorder, and the seizure that goes along with it can often come unprovoked but is treatable when prescribed with right medications. This called for much speculation that epilepsy contributed to Prince’s untimely death, as the common flu can lead to further complications for those who live with the condition.
Prince’s death was announced by his publicist: “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.”
This was later confirmed by Carver county sheriff’s office who released this statement: “Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death.”