Prince on Saturday: 'Wait ... Before You Waste Any Prayers'

Fans say he seemed weak in final days
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2016 5:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 22, 2016 6:48 AM CDT
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In this Nov. 22, 2015, photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album-soul/R&B at the American Music Awards.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

As fans around the world mourn their dearly beloved Prince, much about his shocking death at the age of 57 is still unknown. No cause of death has been established. An autopsy will be performed on Friday, though the results could take days, the AP reports. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson says the star was found unresponsive in an elevator in his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis after a 911 call Thursday morning. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am after medics were unable to revive him with CPR. A roundup of coverage:

  • USA Today has a transcript of the 911 call placed at 9:43am. "The person is dead here," says the unidentified male caller, who is at first only able to give the address as "Prince's house." "Yes, it's Prince," he says later in the call when asked if he is with the person.

  • Prince had been suffering from the flu for weeks, causing him to cancel two concerts in Atlanta earlier this month, according to aides. Forbes looks at how it's possible for the flu to kill an otherwise healthy man of Prince's age.
  • The Star Tribune has a timeline of Prince's final days, including April 15, when he was rushed to the hospital after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. He was well enough to attend a concert by jazz/soul singer Lizz Wright on Tuesday night.
  • TMZ, citing anonymous sources, reports that Prince was treated not for the flu, but for an overdose of opiates after the emergency landing in Illinois. The sources say doctors wanted him to stay in the hospital for 24 hours, but he left within three hours after he couldn't get a private room.
  • The New York Times speaks to people who saw Prince in his final days around Minneapolis and at a party he hosted at his Paisley Park compound on Saturday night. He was in a good mood but "a little more weak, a little more pale than when I had seen him before," says one of the hundreds of fans who attended. "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers," Prince told fans, warning them not to trust the media.
(Here's why Prince doesn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.)

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