UPDATE: Prince’s autopsy was completed at 2 p.m. ET, but results will likely not be released for several weeks, a Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman tells The Hollywood Reporter.
As the world continued to mourn and celebrate the life of Prince, authorities in Minneapolis were preparing to conduct an autopsy on Friday (April 22) to determine what killed the Grammy-winning musical icon. Prince was found dead at age 57 on Thursday morning, slumped unconscious in an elevator in his Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. (11:07 EST), about 15 minutes after emergency personnel responded to a call for help.
Medical personnel performed CPR on him, but could not revive the singer, who performed his final show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 14. In a tweet to a fan after leaving the hospital, Prince said he was “still floating on a cloud of purple intoxication” after the previous night’s show.
@LilaCooperider I am still floating on a cloud of purple intoxication after last night’s Piano & A Microphone show in Atlanta.
— Prince (@prince) April 15, 2016
According to NBC News the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct the autopsy on the star, whose death came a week after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois last Friday, where he was briefly hospitalized for what his camp described as the flu; according to the CDC, up to 50,000 people in the United States die from the flu every year. The next night, though, Prince appeared at a $10 late-night dance party at Paisley Park, where he made a brief appearance to show off his new purple Yamaha piano.
2 GIVE THANX 4 THE GOOD WEATHER AND 4 ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT… pic.twitter.com/PEcHzLnYvc
— Prince (@prince) April 16, 2016
On Sunday he told another fan he was feeling rejuvenated, inspired and loved.
— Prince (@prince) April 17, 2016