Fans around the world have spent the day mourning the loss of the iconic entertainer Prince, who was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota early this morning. Initial reports didn't reveal a cause of death, but now the Carver County Sheriff, Jim Olsen, has released a statement that sheds new light on this tragic loss. The statement doesn't include a cause of death, but reveals that he was found unresponsive in an elevator, and that an investigation is still ongoing. Take a look at the full statement below.
"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."
The statement from the Carver County Sheriff's Office was released at 1 PM CST, three hours after Prince was found dead. The initial reports suggested that no foul play was suspected, and the singer had recently cancelled two concert dates due to health concerns. Prince's private jet also made an emergency landing in Illinois last Friday, and the singer's representatives had stated that he was battling the flu. President Barack Obama also released a statement earlier today about Prince's death.
"Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. 'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said - and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him."
Prince released 39 studio albums throughout his illustrious career, selling over 100 million records and winning seven Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince never left his roots, continuing to live and work in Minnesota throughout his career at his famed Paisley Park estate, where he was found dead this morning. Since the news of his untimely passing, many Hollywood stars and musicians have paid tribute on Twitter. We'll continue to keep you posted on this tragic death as soon as more details come in.