Legendary performer Prince was treated for a drug overdose six days before his death, TMZ wrote in an exclusive report Thursday evening. Rumors began circulating soon after Prince's death that the cause, which has not yet been determined, was related to substance abuse.
It was widely reported that Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, last Friday as he was returning home from a concert in Atlanta. His reps said it was because Prince was battling the flu, but TMZ isn’t buying it, especially because his plane was 48 minutes away from its intended destination when it suddenly landed.
After the plane landed, Prince was given a “save shot,” various sources told TMZ. Such shots are usually used thwart the effects of an opiate.
Once in the hospital, the singer was told he had to stay there for at least 24 hours. Prince’s team wanted him to have a private room, but when that wasn’t possible, he left three hours later and flew home to Minnesota.
And he shouldn’t have left. Prince was "not doing well," the source told TMZ. Authorities reportedly want the medical records from the Moline hospital to help find a cause of death. Prince’s team hasn’t commented on the drug overdose rumors.
Police found Prince unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, when they responded to a 911 call Thursday morning. Emergency personnel tried to revive him with CPR, but the star was gone. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. CDT, Variety wrote. An autopsy will be performed Friday to determine a cause of death.
Prince’s publicist confirmed his death in a statement Thursday. “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” she said. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
The Carver County Sheriff's Office added: "Prince Rogers Nelson (57) found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death."
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