[PeterPaul.ca] — Music icon Prince Rogers Nelson was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. after being found unresponsive in an elevator at his estate, the Carver Country Sheriff’s Office said in a statement emailed to PeterPaul.ca on Thursday.
He was 57.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at 9:43 a.m. from Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, where Prince owns a sizable property complete with recording studio. “First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am.,” the statement read.
Hours after Prince’s death was made public, the sheriff’s office released a transcript of the 911 call, which Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud said was transcribed after numerous requests from media to release the audio recording of the call.
“In Minnesota, 911 call audio is private data and not eligible for public release,” Kamerud said adding that he had the audio transcribed instead and released in full to major media organizations late Thursday.
The call begins with an unidentified male telling a 911 dispatcher that “the person is dead here” after being unable to provide an address. “Okay, get me the address please,” the dispatcher responds. “Okay, okay, I’m working on it.”
Desperately, the male tries to give dispatchers his location as he waits for confirmation from people inside the compound. “We’re, we’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are at the home of Prince,” he says.
Later, the male provides his address as 7801 Audubon Road, the location of Prince’s Paisley Park Studios. Towards the end of the call, the Ridgeview Ambulance Dispatcher identified as Shirley is heard cancelling additional responders from attending the scene. “You can cancel anybody going to Audubon, confirmed DOA.”
His untimely passing caught even the New York Times off guard, a publication known to have filed obits at the ready. As the news broke, the Times had the a “Full obituary to follow” short-tail after an alert announcing Prince’s death.