Prince Death: Post-mortem Examination Under Way

Prince Death: Post-mortem Examination Under Way
April 22 16:30 2016 Print This Article

A post-mortem examination is under way in Minnesota after the sudden death of music superstar Prince at his home on Thursday, aged 57.

Police found the legendary artist unresponsive inside a lift at the property, and paramedics were unable to revive him, the sheriff said.

A wave of tributes has swept around the world for the enigmatic musician who sold more than 100m records.

Fans gathered across America to dance and sing along to his hits.

Illuminated buildings from Las Vegas to Melbourne, Australia, turned purple – the colour with which he was associated since the release of his album Purple Rain in 1984.

Struggling when asked to name the address, the caller replies, “Um, we’re at Prince’s house.”

“Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so, yeah, um, the person is dead here,” the caller continues. He adds, “And the people are just distraught.”

An unidentified female caller later joins the conversation to give the number of the house.

“You’re at Paisley Park, OK, that’s in Chanhassen,” the police dispatcher checks. “Are you with the person who’s…”

The male caller interrupts to confirm, “Yes, it’s Prince.”

‘Shockadelica’ celebration

US President Barack Obama said the world had “lost a creative icon”.

Among the many stars to post tributes was U2’s Bono. “I never met Mozart, I never met Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker I never met Elvis But I met Prince,” hetweeted, with a picture of the lyrics to Prince’s song The Cross.

Film director Spike Lee, a friend of Prince’s, led an improvised party in Brooklyn, New York, calling fans to a celebration.

“5,000 Purple Prince Lovers Came Out To Show How We Feel About Da Man,” the director wrote on Instagram. “We Shouted, Sang And Danced. It Was All Brooklyn LOVE For PRINCE…”

In Prince’s native Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins baseball team turned their stadium purple, as did the Lowry Avenue Bridge in the centre of the city.

On Thursday evening, hundreds of people gathered for an all-night party at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, where Prince recorded his 1984 hit Purple Rain.

One fan outside Prince’s home told BBC News: “He was a legend of our city, he was probably the shining star here.”

In 1984, he won an Oscar for the score to Purple Rain, a film in which he also starred.

Throughout his career he had a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.

He had a mercurial relationship with technology. In 2000, he released singles via the pioneering music-sharing service Napster, but he later declared the internet “completely over” and refused to allow his music on major streaming platforms.

Prince’s latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.


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