Prince Found Dead In Elevator At Paisley Park Studio; Paramedics Couldn't Save Singer

  • by: Alan Duke

Prince Rogers Nelson has died. The legendary singer, songwriter, actor was 57.

The transcript of the dramatic 911 call from Prince's home obtained by Lead Stories Thursday night revealed that a man called 911 for help at 9:43 a.m. to report that Prince was found dead.

"The person here is dead," the unidentified man said.

The caller did not know the address of the famous residence, at first saying it was Prince's home and then saying Paisley Park. With that, the call was transferred and an ambulance dispatched.

Prince was declared dead less than a half hour later at 10:07 a.m., after attempts by paramedics to revive him, according to the Carver County sheriff.

Read the full 911 call transcript

The Carver County Sheriff's Office, which was called to Prince's Paisley Park residences Thursday morning, confirmed to Lead Stories that Prince was found dead inside an elevator at his studio.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.

Read the full statement from the Carver County Sheriff

The Midwest Medical Examiner's office, which serve the area, is being very tight-lipped about the matter. It did confirm his body was taken to a morgue in Ramsey, Minnesota, for an autopsy on Friday.

It's spokeswoman would not even acknowledge the agency has been called to the scene to investigate the death. "I have no information at this time," Martha Weaver told Lead Stories. It echoed her only tweet.

Prince suffered a health scare last week when his private jet was diverted to land at Moline, Illinois. His spokesman later explained the singer was treated at a Moline hospital for the flu.

His Paisley Park estate in Carver County, Minnesota, has been the scene of many musical parties and celebrations.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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