Prince — born unto this world as Prince Rogers Nelson — died at his Paisley Park estate at Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday, April 21.
The National ENQUIRER was alerted that police had gathered at Paisley Park on Thursday morning at 9:45 a.m. Medical personnel had originally been called in on an emergency, but Prince was dead when they arrived.
The famously weird rock star had been hospitalized last week after his private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson released a report saying: “At about 9:45 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical 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.”
Prince shot to stardom with 1984’s “Purple Rain,” as the breakthrough album served as the soundtrack to a hit movie — with the young star winning the Oscar for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain.”
He failed to thrive in Hollywood, but enjoyed more hits through the ’80s — and then became strangely reclusive through the ’90s, refusing to even use his name as he asked to be recognized through a squiggly doodle.
Prince had a son with ex-wife Mayte Garcia in 1996, but the child died shortly after his birth. He had recently announced plans to write an autobiography called “The Beautiful Ones.”