The sudden death of a pop superstar whose impact was larger than life has left fans reeling and officials searching for answers.
Prince was found dead Thursday morning at age 57 after a string of recently canceled shows and an emergency aboard a flight last week. He was discovered slumped in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.
Authorities say it could be weeks before a cause of death is released. Here is what we know about the final days of a music icon who lived a reclusive and often enigmatic life:
There were no signs of trauma or indications of a suicide.
Prince was last seen by acquaintance who dropped him off at his estate in Chanhassen, southwest of Minneapolis, Wednesday night.
Staff became worried about his welfare after trying to reach him the next morning and found him collapsed in the elevator. Paramedics came just after 10 a.m. local time and unsuccessfully tried to revive him by doing CPR. Officials said some of the responders were carrying Narcan, an antidote that can save lives after a drug overdose, but they didn’t use it.
There were no obvious signs of trauma to his body or anything that would imply his death was a suicide, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Friday. An autopsy was conducted Friday morning, but the results could take weeks, officials said.
“This is certainly a big event internationally and nationally, and I can tell you that we are going to leave no stone unturned with this and make sure the public knows what happened,” Olson said at a news conference.
The exact time of Prince’s death is still pending.
The last flight he took was forced to make an emergency landing.
Prince took a flight last week from Atlanta to Minneapolis that made an emergency landing due to an “unresponsive male” on board, a source told NBC News. A representative said the musician hadn’t been feeling well at his Thursday night show in Atlanta, and his health deteriorated after he boarded the flight after midnight.
The private jet diverted about 300 miles to Moline, Illinois, en route to Minneapolis, Prince’s publicist said last week.
A Prince spokesperson said he was treated for the flu in Moline and released later that day. The following night, he hosted a dance party at Paisley Park.
“He seemed great. He looked like Prince,” Minneapolis resident Lars Larson told The Associated Press. “The whole point of the show on Saturday was to show he was doing all right.”
Prince had canceled other Atlanta shows recently, reportedly for the flu. In an April 14 concert there, he joked about being “under the weather,” the AP reported.
His death came as a shock to everyone, even to those who knew him well.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, had spoken openly about having epilepsy as a child.
Friends said he had hip trouble; his former drummer, Sheila E., told the AP his legs were shot from years of high-energy performances.
But many believed he was in good health now.
“I can tell you this: What I know is that he was perfectly healthy,” Prince’s cousin, Chazz Smith, told the AP.
Prince quit drugs and alcohol when he was younger, Smith added.
Olson, the sheriff, said no medical calls came from Paisley Park regarding Prince within the past year.
“There are so many rumors,” Olson said. “I don’t know if I can dispel all the rumors out there.”