Prince’s unresponsive body was discovered in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, and by the afternoon, a medical examiner received the legendary icon’s body. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday hopefully shedding light into Prince’s cause of death at the age of 57.
Until autopsy results are made public by the medical examiner, Prince’s worldwide fans might be interested in reading the complete 911 transcript that was released on Thursday by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office on April 21. According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen at 9:43 a.m. When medics arrived at the scene, they found Prince unresponsive in the elevator. Deputies tried to administer CPR to revive Prince but he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Dispatcher Emily Colestock took the 911 emergency call from an unidentified male on Thursday morning:
EC: 911, what is your emergency?
Unidentified Male: Hi there, um, what’s the address, here? Yea we need an ambulance right now.
UM: We have someone who is unconscious.
EC: OK, what’s the address?
UM: Um, we’re at Prince’s house.
EC: OK, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?
UM: Yeah, yeah, hold on.
EC: OK, your cell phone’s not going to tell me where you’re at, so I need you to find me an address.
UM: Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so yeah, um, the person is dead here.
EC: OK, get me the address please.
UM: OK, OK, I’m working on it.
EC: Concentrate on that.
UM: And the people are just distraught.
EC: I understand that they are distraught, but—
UM: I’m working on it, I’m working on it.
EC: OK, do we know how the person died?
UM: I don’t know, I don’t know.
UM: Um, so we’re, we’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we are at the home of Prince.
EC: You’re in Minneapolis?
UM: Yeah, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
EC: You’re sure you are in Minneapolis?
UM: That’s correct.
EC: OK, have you found an address yet?
UM: Yeah, um, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry I need, I need the address here?
EC: 7801 what?
UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park.
EC: You’re at Paisley Park, OK, that’s in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who’s—
UM: Yes, it’s Prince.
UM: The person.
EC: OK, stay on the line with me.
S: Ambulance, Shirley.
EC: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78.
S: Paisley Park Studios, OK.
EC: 7801 Audubon Road.
EC: We have a person down, not breathing.
S: Down, not breathing.
UM: He’s, he’s—
EC: We’re going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal, sir.
KM: Dispatch Kayley.
S: Yeah Kayley this is Shirley at Ridgeview, you can cancel anybody going to Audubon, confirmed DOA.
KM: OK, thank you.
S: All right, thanks, bye.
EC is Emily Colestock, a CCSO Dispatcher. KM is Kalyey McGarry, also a CCSO Dispatcher. S is Shirley, a Ridgeview Ambulance Dispatcher, and UM stands for Unidentified Male. DOA stands for Dead on Arrival.
So far, police have confirmed that Prince’s death does not appear to be suspicious in any way. However, Carver County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Kamerud commented that foul play “is neither suspected nor not suspected.”
Linking Prince’s death to a potential drug overdose stems largely from the celebrity gossip website TMZ, which states that Prince was treated for a drug overdose six days before his death. As usual, TMZ quotes “multiple sources” as its source of information without sharing any specific names.
“We broke the story … Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, hours after he performed in Atlanta. At the time his reps said he was battling the flu … something we questioned because his plane was only 48 minutes from home before the unscheduled landing.”
After the emergency landing, Prince was rushed to a hospital in Moline. Despite doctors’ advice to stay under observation for 24 hours, Prince chose to leave after only three hours. Instead, he flew home.
According to a law enforcement source, Prince was brought to a Twin Cities hospital in Minnesota on Wednesday, April 20, and was seen by a doctor. He was then brought back to Paisley Park.
According to Prince’s representatives, the singer had been fighting the flu for several weeks and had not been feeling well for some time.
TMZ claims that Prince was admitted to the hospital in Illinois on April 15 because of a drug overdose and not the flu, and that he was given a “save shot” of Naloxone (Narcan) as an antidote for opiate overdoses.
In contrast to TMZ, the Guardian reported previously that Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness and did not believe in blood transfusions, surgery, alcoholic drinks, or drugs. As for whether or not Prince died of a drug overdose on Thursday morning, only the medical examiner can provide an answer as to Prince’s true cause of death.