Prince’s ‘overdose’: Pop superstar, 57, had to make emergency landing in his private jet and be given a ‘save shot’ six days before his death, but refused to stay in hospital because he couldn’t get a private room
- Prince was treated for an overdose just six days before he was found dead in his Minnesota estate, sources say
- Prince’s private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, so he could be rushed to hospital
- Though representatives said he was battling the flu, sources said that doctors gave him a ‘save shot’, which is usually administered to counteract opiate effects
- Though he was advised to stay overnight, he left after three hours because he wasn’t able to get a private room
- The 57-year-old music icon was then seen at on Wednesday at a Walgreens pharmacy looking ‘frail and nervous’
- He died aged 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota today after being found unresponsive in an elevator
- Paramedics and police were called and tried to revive him with CPR but he was pronounced dead at 10.10am
- His cause of death is not known but a 911 dispatcher briefed an incoming paramedic: ‘Male down, not breathing’
- Music icon appeared at a gig on Saturday and told fans: ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers’
- Legendary singer and songwriter sold more than 100million records in his sparkling 40-year music career
- Prince was known for his sexually charged lyrics and was romantically linked to a number of male and female stars
- President Obama joined stars including Madonna, Boy George, Mariah Carey and Ronnie Wood in paying tribute
- See more news on Prince’s tragic death at www.dailymail.co.uk/prince
Prince was treated for an overdose just six days before he was found dead in his Minnesota estate on Thursday, a report has claimed.
News of the alleged overdose came as photos emerged of Prince walking out of a Walgreens pharmacy just 15 hours before he was pronounced dead.
Prince’s private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, on Friday after he performed in Atlanta so he could be rushed to hospital.
Though his representatives said he was battling the flu, multiple sources told TMZ that doctors gave him a ‘save shot’, which is usually given in dire circumstances to drug over dose victims.
The sources said that doctors advised Prince to stay at the hospital for 24 hours, but when he wasn’t given a private room, he and his representatives decided to leave. When he left the hospital, Prince ‘was not doing well’, the sources added.
He was released three hours later and made an appearance at a party in Minnesota the next day, telling fans to ‘wait a few days before you waste any prayers’.
The 57-year-old music icon was then seen at about 7pm on Wednesday at a Walgreens pharmacy looking ‘frail and nervous’ with a group of employees or friends. It was his fourth visit to the pharmacy this 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.
Prince was found unresponsive in the elevator at his suburban Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at 9.43am EST on Thursday and was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.
His cause of death is not known, but in a call to paramedics on the way to Prince’s home, a 911 dispatcher said: ‘Male down, not breathing.’
Prince was seen walking out of a Walgreens pharmacy near his Minnesota estate just 15 hours before he was pronounced dead on Thursday
It is unknown why he went to the store himself or if he picked up a prescription, but he was reportedly looking ‘frail and nervous’ while at the store
Prince (pictured in 2014) has died aged 57 at his estate in Minnesota, just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with severe flu
Paramedics were called to his Paisley Park studio (pictured) at 9.43 this morning and the music icon’s death has now been confirmed
Prince made a surprise appearance at a dance party in Minnesota on Saturday, in what is believed to have been his final public appearance
Riding on: Prince was seen riding a bicycle outside his estate in this picture posted on Instagram on Sunday
The superstar musician combined rock, R&B, soul and hip-hop to create a unique sound that led to him selling more than 100million records during his 40-year career
COUNTDOWN TO PRINCE’S DEATH
Thursday, April 14: Prince performs in Atlanta and appears to be fine.
Friday, April 15: Prince’s private plane makes an emergency landing at Moline, Illinois, and he is taken to hospital for ‘flu symptoms’. He is released after three hours of treatment.
Saturday, April 16: Prince goes to a party in Minnesota to give ‘proof’ he is still alive. ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,’ he tells fans.
Sunday, April 17: Prince is seen riding a bicycle outside his apartment.
Wednesday, April 20: Prince is seen looking ‘frail and nervous’ at a Walgreen’s store near his estate at around 7pm. It is his fourth visit to the pharmacy this week.
Thursday, April 21: Prince is found unresponsive in an elevator inside his compound at 9.43am. He is pronounced dead at 10.07am.
The legendary singer had a history of epilepsy, which according to the CDC can make sufferers more vulnerable to developing serious complications from flu.
He made several visits to the drug store, according to TMZ, which came just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with severe flu symptoms.
He was aboard his private flight when he fell ill on Friday morning, forcing it to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois.
TMZ reported that the seven-time Grammy award winning singer’s plane diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, to make the emergency landing.
Prince had previously revealed that he was epileptic and had suffered seizures as a child. He was bullied at school over his condition which he said he dealt with by developing is iconic larger-than-life personality.
The singer, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, later told his mother he had been cured by an angel.
The CDC warn that epilepsy can make sufferers more vulnerable to developing serious complications from the flu.
HARROWING 911 CALL REVEALED
Authorities have released the harrowing 911 call for Prince who died at his Minnesota home this morning.
An emergency dispatcher can be heard putting out the call for paramedics to attend the music icon’s $10million mansion for ‘a male down not breathing’ after Prince was discovered unresponsive in an elevator at 9.43am.
After telling the paramedic Prince’s address, she repeats: ‘Person down not breathing.’
She advised that CPR had begun at 9.49am but by 10.07am, Prince was pronounced dead.
While Prince never made clear if he was still struggling to live with epilepsy, his song The Sacrifice of Victor tells the story of a boy who was ‘epileptic ’til the age of seven’.
Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin made the bizarre suggestion that Prince may have contracted the Zika virus.
The Purple Rain hitmaker had performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta on last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows – and had seemed fine during the concert.
Prince made what is believed to have been his final public appearance on Saturday at a dance party in Minnesota.
He was keen for people to have ‘living proof’ that he was still alive, and he arrived at the bash to show off his new guitar and piano.
He didn’t sing, but he did tell the crowd: ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.’
A picture posted by a fan on Instagram appeared to show Prince riding a bicycle outside his estate on Sunday.
Prince’s $10million Paisley Park sits just more than half an hour outside Minneapolis, and the musician would host parties and record music at the estate, according to CBS Minnesota.
Construction began on the estate, which was designed and owned by Prince, in 1985 and it officially opened on September 11, 1987.
It featured a 12,000 square-foot soundstage, guitar room, game room, and ‘The Vault’, where he stored unreleased material.
He allowed fans to buy passes to tour the estate in 2000, but no one was allowed in The Vault.
Prince was known for his sexually charged lyrics and was romantically linked to a number of male and female stars, including Madonna, Sinead O’Connor, Kim Basinger, Kylie Minogue, Carmen Electra and Boy George, among a number of other people.
Prince (pictured in 2004 with his second wife Manuela Testolini) married twice and was romantically linked to a number stars
Prince married backup dance Mayte Garcia (pictured together in 1999) on Valentine’s Day in 1996. He dedicated the song the Most Beautiful Girl in the World to her two years earlier
Grieving: Garcia looked exhausted and emotional today as she made a phone call at her home in Los Angeles, just hours after learning of her ex-husband’s death
Prince also slept with close friend and collaborating artist Sheila E (pictured singing together) while he was in a relationship with Susannah Melvoin, the twin sister of Wendy Melvoin who was in his band, The Revolution
Prince then dated Bria Valente (pictured together at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game in 2008) until around 2010, after which time they were still recording music together.
The Purple Rain hitmaker had performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta on last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows – and had seemed fine during the concert
A 12-inch single, Scandalous Sex Suite, included vocals from Kim Basinger and moans heard on the track were rumored to be recordings of the pair having sex.
Last year Boy George claimed he had slept with Prince.
During filming of The Voice in the UK, he made light of Paloma Faith saying she had performed live with Prince.
‘Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince,’ he replied.
Prince also slept with close friend and collaborating artist Sheila E while he was in a relationship with Susannah Melvoin, the twin sister of Wendy Melvoin – who was in his band, The Revolution.
Prince married backup dance Mayte Garcia on Valentine’s Day in 1996. He dedicated the song The Most Beautiful Girl in the World to her two years earlier.
They had a son together, called Boy Gregory, in October 1996, but he was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome and died a week later.
The baby was tragically born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare disorder that does not allow the head to grow properly due to the premature fusion of certain bones of the skull, and died just a week after his birth.
Garcia, who split with Prince in 2000, looked exhausted and emotional today as she made a phone call at her home in Los Angeles, just hours after learning of her ex-husband’s death.
Garcia spoke to People about her ex-husband’s tragic death, saying; ‘I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated.’
She then added; ‘I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He’s with our son now.’
In 2001, Prince went on to marry Manuela Testolini, but they divorced in 2006.
He then dated Bria Valente until around 2008, after which time they split but were still recording music together.
Grief: Two women embrace outside Paisley Park Studios, the home and studio of singer Prince, after his death on Thursday
Fans of Prince were overcome with emotion as they laid flowers outside his home in Minnesota today, where dozens of people gathered
Sheila Clayton (left) of St Paul, Minnesota, hugs an unidentified friend outside of Paisley Park on Thursday after hearing news of Prince’s death
Fans and mourners place flowers on a fence outside of Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince, in Chanhassen, Minnesota
Prince fans embrace by a makeshift memorial outside Paisley Park, the home of singer Prince
Unidentified employees pause for a moment as they monitor fans outside of Paisley Park on Thursday
Police officers gather outside of Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday following Prince’s death
Friends and employees gather outside of Prince’s estate and recording studio, Paisley Park, on Thursday
Prince, an intensely private person, sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1958 and started making music at the age of seven, launching his career in proper 10 years later
The superstar musician combined rock, R&B, soul, disco and hip-hop to create a unique sound that led to him selling more than 100million records during his 40-year career.
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1958 and started making music at the age of seven.
He first found fame in the late 1970s and over the next three decades became known as one of the most inventive and eccentric forces in American pop music.
He became even more famous with the release of the film Purple Rain in 1984, a seemingly autobiographical movie set in the club scene in Minneapolis.
The film was a huge success and the soundtrack album spent 24 weeks at the top of the charts and sold more than 13million copies.
The legendary singer and songwriter is best known for hit songs such as Raspberry Beret and Little Red Corvette.
He was fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name.
In 1993, Prince legally changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol – also known as the Love Symbol. During that phase, he was referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. After changing his name back to Prince, he was sometimes called The Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
Prince once wrote ‘slave’ on his face in protest at not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros, before returning a few years ago.
Prince, an intensely private person, sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 2007, he played the Super Bowl in one of the most celebrated half-time show performances in history.
‘What a loss’: Madonna shared a throwback photo of herself with Prince, both wearing yellow, and said she is ‘devastated’ at his death
‘I LOVED him’: Chaka Khan, who had a hit with Prince’s song I Feel For You in 1984, expressed her huge affection for the diminutive star
Tributes started pouring in almost immediately, with dozens of stars expressing their grief following the death of the music icon
Mariah Carey, who joined Prince on stage at the Apollo Theatre to pay tribute to Patti LaBelle in June 2009, said she would ‘never get over’ his death
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood said Prince was ‘a good friend who was so talented.’ He shared a photo of the two of them rocking on stage together and added: ‘Sleep well Prince’
Legendary music producer Quincy Jones joined in the chorus of ‘gone too soon’ that many were feeling
Prince’s most recent album, HITnRUN: Phase Two was released in December 2015 and he was in the process of writing an untitled autobiography, which was due to be published in 2017.
He is believed to have written around 50 pages of his memoirs and had recorded a number of songs that had not been released. It is not clear what will happen to his unpublished work.
‘What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,’ he said in 2014. ‘I was just trying to get here.’
Tributes started pouring in almost immediately, with dozens of stars expressing their grief following the death of the music icon.
President Obama said: ‘Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince.
‘Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.
‘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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.’
Boy George tweeted: ‘Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!’
Joan Collins said: ‘Shocked that @prince has died at only 57. Such a talent to have died so young.’
‘Omg….. RIP Prince,’ Demi Lovato tweeted.
‘And just like that….the world lost a lot of magic,’ tweeted Katy Perry.
Director Spike Lee said: ‘I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor.’
Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal wrote: ‘R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone too soon.’
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe called Prince a ‘genius’ and ‘poet’, adding he was ‘the greatest live act I ever saw’.
Lord Of the Rings star Elijah Wood thanked Prince ‘for everything;. Can’t even process this. There will never be another,’ he added.
PRINCE’S JOURNEY: THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD WITH A LOVE FOR MUSIC TO THE MULTIMILLIONAIRE MUSIC LEGEND
Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was attracted to music from an early age, learning to play instruments and writing his first song at the age of seven.
As a teenager he joined the funk group 94 East, which had been formed by Willie Pepe, the husband of his cousin. The band gained a local following but was forced to disband in early 1979 due to the success of Prince’s breakthrough album, called Prince.
That album came one year after his debut album, For You, on which Prince did all the singing and played all the instruments, which included guitars, basses, synths, bongos, congas, finger cymbals, wind chimes, orchestral bells, and woodblocks, to name just a few.
‘Prince’, which would eventually go platinum, spawned the hit single I Wanna Be Your Lover.
He released an album a year for the next three years, starting with Dirty Mind (certified gold), Controversy (certified platinum) and what would be his biggest album to date in 1982, named 1999.
That album, which went 4x platinum, contained three of Prince’s most well-known songs including the title track, Delirious, and one of his signature singles, Little Red Corvette, which despite its undying popularity over the past 30 years never charted higher than number 6 in the US charts.
His next album took two years to make but would become his masterpiece, a work that is widely considered by music critics and fans alike to be one of the greatest albums of all time – Purple Rain.
That album, released in 1984, also served as the soundtrack to the film of the same title released that year by the singer.
Prince brought in a number of artists to sing and play on the album, which eventually went 13x platinum and contained two songs that topped the charts in the US, Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry. Those were in addition to the title track and I Would Die 4 U, two more songs many associate with the artist.
The next eight years marked one of the most fruitful times in Prince’s career with the release of one album every year; Around the World in a Day (2 x platinum), Parade (platinum), Sign o’ the Times (platinum), Lovesexy (gold), Batman (2 x platinum), Graffiti Bridge (gold), Diamonds and Pearls (2 x platinum) and Love Symbol Album (platinum).
Those albums contained singles including Kiss and Batdance from the 1989 film Batman, and Cream which all topped the charts, as well as Raspberry Beret, Diamonds and Pearls, and the Sheen Easton duet U Got the Look.
Prince went on to release 23 more albums in the past 21 years, though none reached the success of his work in the 1980s as he adopted a more experimental sound with his work.
The one exception to that was his 2004 work Musicology, which went 2x platinum and won Prince two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Male.
He released his final two albums last year – HITnRUN Phase One in September and HITnRUN Phase Two in December.
In addition to his financial success thanks to his sales, he also enjoyed much critical success, especially in the early years of his career.
He won seven Grammy Awards over the years, with his last win coming in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2008 for his song Future Baby Mama.
He was nominated an impressive 32 times for music’s biggest prize, with Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times getting Album of the Year nods and the singer also landing a Song of the Year nomination for writing one of the most popular songs of all time, the Sinead O’Connor ballad Nothing Compaes 2 U.
He also won the Best Original Song Oscar at the 1985 Academy Awards for Purple Rain.