The world lost a true icon. Prince has died. The 57-year-old was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound yesterday The Carver County Sheriff’s department told TMZ they performed CPR, but couldn’t revive him. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am Central Time. While the circumstances of his death are being investigated, there weren’t any signs of foul play.
Prince had been suffering from the flu for the past several weeks. In fact, his private plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois to rush him to the hospital after what would ultimately be his last show. Now sources at the medical facility are saying that he left too soon because he wasn’t doing well and needed more care.
There are now reports surfacing that Prince was actually treated for a drug overdose that night. Multiple sources are saying that he was given a “save shot,” which is typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate. Even though the doctors wanted him stay 24 hours, he left because he couldn’t get a private room. No one is saying if said overdose was due to pharmaceuticals or illegal substances.
There wasn’t an instrument he couldn’t play, and his music spanned funk, R&B, pop, and rock. In fact, he recorded the majority of his own music by himself – meaning he played all the instruments and sang every line. That’s why many of his albums were credited, “Produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince.”
During a career that spanned from the late 1970s until now, he was called sex symbol, musical prodigy, and was exalted as a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. He was well celebrated for his work – winning seven GRAMMY Awards, an Oscar for the “Purple Rain” soundtrack, and a Golden Globe for “Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet.” He also had a Billboard Icon Award, a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, a Vanguard Award from the NAACP Image Awards, an American Music Award of Achievement, and a Soul Train Music Special Artist of the Decade Award.
More than 84-hundred articles were published about him in the three-and-a-half hours after news of his death broke. That’s almost double the number of articles written about the 2016 Presidential Election.