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Prince, 57, dead at Paisley Park


Prince, one of pop’s most enigmatic and unflinching performers and a reigning style icon, died at his Paisley Park home and studio in Chanhassen Thursday morning.

Officers were called to the complex around 9:43 a.m. for a medical emergency, Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud with the Carver County Sheriff's Office told BringMeTheNews.

A caller to 911 (you can read the transcript here) told dispatch someone was unconscious and they need an ambulance. The caller describes people on the scene as "distraught," and later tells the dispatcher, "Yes, it's Prince."

When officials arrived, they found Prince unresponsive in the elevator, a news release says. Emergency responders attempted CPR, but were unable to revive him.

Prince, at 57 years old, was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

Officials continue to investigate the circumstances that lead to his death, the release says.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday morning; the medical examiner's office said it would not release details until the entire exam is complete, noting a full toxicology scan could take weeks.

Prince's publicist released a statement on the artist's death:

Online, people around the world – from the president of the United States, to superstar musicians, actors and brands – shared their sorrow and thoughts.

Prince was hospitalized last week in Illinois, and treated for flu-like symptoms, but on Saturday took the stage at Paisley Park to say he was doing OK. It is not known if that incident is connected to his death.

An icon of Minnesota's music scene

With guitars shaped like his invented “male/female” symbol, bold dance moves, colorful costuming, and a quick wit, Prince was Minnesota’s leading cultural pioneer.

After an emergency landing and hospital visit in Illinois earlier this month, Prince emerged over the weekend at his Chanhassen compound Paisley Park for a dance party.

"Shocked. Such a young guy. Done so much for local Minnesota music. A shame," Brad Skramstad, who has worked at Paisley Park for three years, told BringMeTheNews Thursday.

Prince was born on June 7, 1958, as Prince Roger Nelson, according to birth records pulled by the Star Tribune.

A mysterious and one-of-a-kind talent, Prince brought together psychedelic rock, R&B, and funk for one of the most influential careers in music.

After a string of critically acclaimed released in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Prince and the Revolution broke big in 1984 with "Purple Rain." The film’s soundtrack yielded number ones “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” and eventually sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Prince – who rarely gave interviews – was recently interviewed by Kathy McCabe of The Sunday Telegraph in Australia. McCabe wrote she submitted questions for Prince to answer, and his responses were written in "Prince's language" – "the numbers 2 and 4 and letters U and B littered throughout and EYE substituted in accordance with his latest musical manifestation with his backing band 3rd Eye Girl."

Read the complete interview here.

Prince was also working on a memoir, according to Rolling Stone. His publishers described the autobiography as "an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work." It was scheduled to be published in 2017.

CNN has a timeline of Prince's life, along with other facts about the artist. Read it here.

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