- By Jamal Abdul
Prince has unexpectedly been confirmed as dead today
Prince Rogers Nelson aged 57 has been confirmed as dead in a day that has brought tears and statements from celebrities, officials and civilians from around the world.
It is not clear what the cause of death was with wild reports ranging from; the flu, suicide, murder and accidental over dose from prescription medicine. A full postmortem will be undertaken.
On 7th April 2016, Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone Tour, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta; the venue released a statement saying he had influenza. Prince rescheduled and performed the show on 14th April, despite not recovering. While flying back to Minneapolis early the morning of the 15th, he became unresponsive, and his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, so that he could receive medical treatment. Representatives said he suffered from “bad dehydration” and had had influenza for several weeks. Prince was seen bicycling the next day in his hometown of Chanhassen, Minnesota. He shopped that evening at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis for Record Store Day, and made a brief appearance at a dance party at his Paisley Park recording studio complex, stating that he felt recovered.
On 19th April, he attended a performance by singer Lizz Wright at the Dakota Jazz Club.
On 21st April, at 09:43 local time the Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 emergency phone call requesting that an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home at Paisley Park. The caller initially told the dispatcher that Prince was unconscious, then moments later reported that Prince appeared to be dead. Emergency responders found Prince unresponsive in an elevator and performed CPR, but were unable to revive him; he was pronounced dead at 10:07 local time. Following an autopsy, his remains will be cremated; their location to be kept private.