Music Legend Prince Found Dead at 57; Drug Use Indicated

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Music icon Prince reportedly died Thursday, according to multiple media reports.

TMZ reported the singer’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota this morning, while the Associated Press tweeted the artist’s publicist confirmed “Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.”

Fox 9 reported that Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud confirmed a response to a medical call at 9:43 a.m., but authorities still have not officially released the identity of the body recovered. A death investigation is underway.

Prince was an endlessly creative and prolific artist, knocking out instant classics including “Purple Rain” and “Sign O The Times” as well as daring, riskier works like “The Black Album.”

At his peak, only Michael Jackson and Madonna rivaled him in pop culture impact. His French Revolution-inspired attire made him a fashion icon, and his mix of sex and salvation — sometimes in the same song — made him a pop culture provocateur who was second-to-none.

Prince was reportedly treated for a drug overdose six days before his death, according to TMZ.

Prince’s jet plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., last Friday due to a medical emergency. His rep told Variety at the time that the singer was struggling with the flu.

According to the TMZ report, doctors gave Prince a “safe shot” after he was rushed to the hospital, something reportedly given to counteract the effects of opiates. Doctors apparently advised that Prince stay in the hospital for 24 hours — he left, however, after three hours.

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