Story updated to include new information
Minnesota authorities released the 9-1-1 transcript in Prince Rogers Nelson’s death Thursday evening as celebrity-gossip website TMZ reported the legendary singer had been treated for a drug overdose six days ago.
HE WAS GIVEN A SAVE SHOT
Earlier this week, a plane was forced to land because he became ill, allegedly with the flu, though tmz now says it was a drug overdose. He was taken to a hospital but after a few hours he was released, allegedly at this assistance.
Paramedics tried to perform CPR on him but were unable to revive him, CNN reported. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m., less than 30 minutes after sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at the scene.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. An autopsy was performed by the Midwest regional medical examiner on Friday.
With no obvious signs of trauma to the body and nothing to indicate suicide, Prince’s surprise death looks likely to have been the result of a drug overdose, an expert said Saturday.
“I would give overwhelming odds that, tragically, this is a drug death,” Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who is not involved in Prince’s case, told NBC’s Today.
Multiple sources told the website that Prince was rushed to the hospital and given a “save shot” when his plane made an emergency landing in rural Illinois last week.
TMZ released a report saying that the reason for the landing was because Prince had “OD’d on Percocet” and “ingested so much” that EMTs were forced to dispense a “save shot.”
The “save shots” usually help combat opiates, such as heroin and narcotic painkillers, in the bloodstream. Doctors and paramedics have used the injectable medication, called naloxone, for years, according to WebMD.
Drug Details Emerge in the Death of Prince … Treated for OVERDOSE Days Before. Harvey and Mike explain.https://t.co/cZXpaHSyRj
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 22, 2016
TMZ obtained a copy of the transcript when his body was found.
The 9-1-1 call police say was made by an unidentified male who immediately said, “Um, we’re at Prince’s house.” Seconds later the man stammered before saying, “So, yeah, um, the person is dead here.”
When the dispatcher asked, “Are you with the person who’s … ” — the caller interrupted, “Yes, it’s Prince.”
Paramedics arrived and quickly reported back to dispatch, “You can cancel anybody going to Audubon, confirmed DOA.”
The full transcript is at the end of the post.
EMERGENCY RUNS TO THE PHARMACY SHORTLY BEFORE HE DIED
Then there were his emergency runs to the pharmacy. Prince had been to his local Walgreens 4 times in the week before his death. He might have been trying to purchase a save shot but that’s speculation.
Prince — Alarming Pharmacy Runs Indicate Secret Health Crisis (PHOTO) https://t.co/ouPIAmoH4I
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 22, 2016
ONE OF HIS FORMER GIRLFRIENDS DIED THIS YEAR FROM DRUG ABUSE
One of Prince’s girlfriends during his wild days also died at 57. Vanity aka Denise Matthews, was one of his pack, the Vanity 6. She was a crack cocaine abuser and died this past February after decades of severe health problems. She was on dialysis three times a week.
Prince was said to be very generous – a philanthropist – and if drugs did lead to his death, it shouldn’t overshadow all that he was and all he contributed.
He had become more and more reclusive over the last several years. There are reports he had thousands of what are said to be ‘beautiful’ records in a vault.
A close friend said he just got a new Yamaha piano and a guitar which he was excited about.
Prince was recently concerned about his health and became a vegan. He spoke out against drug and alcohol addiction in recent years and didn’t allow tobacco or alcohol at his parties.
He was an icon and we hope those songs come out of that vault.
HE WILL BE REMEMBERED
The NFL put this up.
— NFL (@NFL) April 21, 2016
— Travel + Leisure (@TravelLeisure) April 23, 2016
They’re swapping out the Bowie mural for Prince…. pic.twitter.com/Uzo3kaSGzI
— Brandon Jenkins (@Jersey_Jinx) April 23, 2016
Prince loved breakfast foods especially pancakes so much that it was the subject of a Dave Chappelle skit. A man claiming to be one of 14 butlers told of an anecdote at a Q&A hosted a Reddit IamA Thursday night.
“I have a lot of great memories but the one that made me laugh was there was one night where I got a call at about 3 am in the morning and he wanted breakfast for 14 people. I was the only butler on duty during that graveyard shift. He asked for 14 omelets and 14 orders of pancakes. I called everyone in the casino and had all the cooks running to make this order while I made the table. I had to serve the whole breakfast at now 4am in the morning by myself. I came up with the two carts full of food trying to plate it as fast as I can when Prince stood up from his chair and walked over to my cart. He grabbed a plate of pancakes and started helping me serve. I couldn’t help but to laugh from the Charlie Murphy story on the Dave Chappelle show. This was my favorite moment … ever.”
This is the full 9-1-1 transcript:
EC: 9-1-1, what is your emergency?
Unidentified Male: Hi there, um, what’s the address, here? Yea we need an ambulance right now.
UM: We have someone who is unconscious.
EC: OK, what’s the address?
UM: Um, we’re at Prince’s house.
EC: OK, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?
UM: Yeah, yeah, hold on.
EC: OK, your cell phone’s not going to tell me where you’re at, so I need you to find me an address.
UM: Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so yeah, um, the person is dead here.
EC: OK, get me the address please.
UM: OK, OK, I’m working on it.
EC: Concentrate on that.
UM: And the people are just distraught.
EC: I understand that they are distraught, but—
UM: I’m working on it, I’m working on it.
EC: OK, do we know how the person died?
UM: I don’t know, I don’t know.
UM: Um, so we’re, we’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we are at the home of Prince.
EC: You’re in Minneapolis?
UM: Yeah, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
EC: You’re sure you are in Minneapolis?
UM: That’s correct.
EC: OK, have you found an address yet?
UM: Yeah, um, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry I need, I need the address here?
EC: 7801 what?
UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park.
EC: You’re at Paisley Park, OK, that’s in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who’s—
UM: Yes, it’s Prince.
UM: The person.
EC: OK, stay on the line with me.
S: Ambulance, Shirley.
EC: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78.
S: Paisley Park Studios, OK.
EC: 7801 Audubon Road.
EC: We have a person down, not breathing.
S: Down, not breathing.
UM: He’s, he’s—
EC: We’re going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal, sir.