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Prince treated for overdose: reports

Associated Press Associated Press 21/04/2016

Prince was reportedly treated for a drug overdose six days before his death on Thursday, reports TMZ.

The singer's private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, last Friday, hours after he performed in Atlanta, the celebrity news website reports.

While his reps claimed at the time he was battling the flu, multiple sources in Moline reportedly say Prince was rushed to hospital where doctors gave him a "safe shot", typically administered to counter the effects of an opiate.

Sources claim he "was not doing well" when he was released from hospital three hours later and flew home.

Medical examiners in Ramsey, Minnesota have received Prince's body and plan to perform an autopsy on Friday.

The music superstar was found dead at his studio compound in suburban Minneapolis. The cause of death is yet to be determined.

Authorities said deputies who were summoned to a medical emergency found him in an elevator, unresponsive, and CPR failed.

Carver County chief sheriff's deputy Jason Kamerud said foul play "is neither suspected nor not suspected".

Kamerud told The Associated Press it's simply too early in the investigation. He said he was not sure how long it would take to process the death scene because of the size of the compound.

He said the medical examiner typically takes a few days to have preliminary findings, and typically weeks for toxicology results.

Prince's death at age 57 has sparked an outpouring of grief from fans, with hundreds gathering outside his studio and outside the downtown Minneapolis nightclub where much of the movie Purple Rain was filmed.

First Avenue nightclub owner Dayna Frank said the venue had decided to hold an all-night dance party in his honour, which would give people a place to share their emotions and celebrate Prince. Entry to the event was free.

Scores of people have left bouquets, balloons and a guitar under the star that honours Prince on the club's exterior wall, where the artist last played in 2007.

Prince performs at Dolphin Stadium in Miami © AP Prince performs at Dolphin Stadium in Miami

Frank said everyone at the club was devastated.

Prince's sister Tyka Nelson thanked fans who showed up at his suburban Minneapolis compound to mourn his death.

She emerged from the compound early on Thursday evening local time to look at bouquets, balloons and signs left by fans of her brother, then approached the crowd of nearly 200.

Nelson told the fans that her brother "loved all of you. Thank you for loving him back."

A transcript of the 911 call from Prince's suburban Minneapolis compound shows confusion as an unidentified caller struggled to give the dispatcher the proper address.

The caller said he was at "Prince's house" but first placed it in Minneapolis. Another person at the compound eventually gave the correct address in the suburb of Chanhassen.

The caller first said he has "someone who is unconscious" before saying "the person is dead here".

As the dispatcher identifies the address as Paisley Park and begins to ask a question, the caller interrupts to say, "Yes, it's Prince".

Sheriff's officials in Minnesota said deputies found music superstar Prince unresponsive in an elevator after they were summoned to his suburban Minneapolis compound.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said first responders tried CPR but couldn't revive the 57-year-old musician. Olson said Prince was pronounced dead at 10.07am on Thursday local time (1.07am AEST), about half an hour after deputies arrived.

Sales of Prince's music have soared since news broke of the pop star's death.

Three of his songs - Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, and When Doves Cry, - surged to seventh, ninth and 10th on iTunes' Top Songs chart.

Four of his albums - The Very Best of Prince, Purple Rain, The Hits / The B-Sides, and 1999 - jumped to first, second, third and eighth on iTunes' Top Albums chart by Friday afternoon AEST.

The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix.

The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits Wanna Be Your Lover and soared over the following decade with albums 1999 and Purple Rain.

The title song from 1999 includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

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