TMZ: Prince treated for overdose days before his death, when plane made emergency landing
MINNESOTA — Prince was treated for a drug overdose six days before his death — multiple sources have told TMZ.
Prince died on Thursday, April 21st.
The 57-year-old singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.
Paramedics tried to perform CPR but were unable to revive him, the sheriff said. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m., less than 30 minutes after sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at the scene.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death, Olson said. An autopsy will be performed by the Midwest regional medical examiner.
Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, April 15th — hours after he performed in Atlanta, Georgia.
At the time, Prince’s people told TMZ he was battling the flu. Something TMZ questioned because his plane was only 48 minutes from his home before the unscheduled landing.
Multiple sources in Moline have told TMZ Prince was was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a “save shot” — typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.
TMZ’s sources further indicate doctors advised Prince to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. His people demanded a private room, and when they were told that wasn’t possible Prince and company decided to bail. The singer was released three hours after arriving and flew home, according to TMZ.
TMZ is told when Prince left the hospital, he “wasn’t doing well.”
TMZ is told authorities in Minnesota are trying to get the hospital records from Moline to help determine cause of death.