Prince dies aged 57: found unresponsive in lift, postmortem to be held

Published Friday, Apr 22 2016, 09:16 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
More details surrounding Prince's death have been released.

The pop superstar - real name Prince Rogers Nelson - was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He died aged 57.

February 4, 2007; Prince the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLI.


Police were called to a medical emergency at his estate at 9.43 am, and it has now been revealed that he was pronounced dead at 10.07am after being found unresponsive in a lift.

The Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. The full statement reads:

"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.The Carver County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death."

A rep for Prince earlier confirmed his death, announcing: "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

According to reports, an autopsy will be performed on Friday.

Prince became a global superstar by the 1980s, and went on to sell more than 100 million records during his career.

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