by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
Prince was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio according to the Sheriff’s report filed by Sheriff Jim Olson of Carver County.
In a statement filed at 1 PM on April 21, 2016 Sheriff Olson confirms that the man was found “unresponsive” in the elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen was identified as “Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen”.
Sheriff Olson reported that CPR was given “but were unable to revive the victim”.
The official Carver County Sheriff’s Office statement:
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call 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.United States President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Prince calling him “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time.”
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.Additional tributes:
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.
Saddened by Prince's death. Proud to have seen in the New Year with him. He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music.Sean Ono Lennon
God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul
I got to see Prince at MSG when Purple Rain came out. Sheila E. was opening. I learned a lot about sex and music that day.Mick Jaggar
I'm just really shocked. Prince seemed so fit and healthy. It's hard to process. He was a super nova of talent.
I am so saddened to hear of Prince's passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer.Ronnie Wood
Prince was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless.
Prince was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.
I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well PrinceQuincy Jones
RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.Bette Midler
Good night, sweet Prince. He really was, too. Sweet, kind, unbelievably talented, a joy to watch and to hear. I can't believe it.Lenny Kravitz
My musical brother... My friend... The one who showed me the possibilities within myselfBilly Crystal
Can't believe Prince is gone.Usher
What a terrible year. So many, so young.
Just came back from Cuba & received horrible news. Such an iconic legend. Will forever cherish u & what u gave this earth sir. Love u PrinceCeline Dion
Terribly saddened by the devastating news... He truly is a legend and a hero of mine. RIP #princeFaith Hill
I can't imagine music or my teenage life without this genius album. May you rest in peace on the wings of doves.Michael Buble
We lost a great one way too soon. I was devastated to hear the news today as I'm sure many of you were. #ripprinceMariah Carey
Genius, legend, inspiration, friend.Lionel Richie
The world will miss you.
I'll never get over it.
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,Barbra Streisand
I will miss him. #Prince
So sad to hear of his passing. #PrinceThe Weeknd
i can't believe what's happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I'm dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???Oprah Winfrey
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince