Prince was treated for an overdose just six days before he was found dead in his Minnesota estate on Thursday, a report has claimed.
News of the alleged overdose came as photos emerged of Prince walking out of a Walgreens pharmacy just 15 hours before he was pronounced dead.
Prince’s private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, on Friday after he performed in Atlanta so he could be rushed to hospital.
Though his representatives said he was battling the flu, multiple sources told TMZ that doctors gave him a ‘save shot’, which is usually given in dire circumstances to drug overdose victims.
The sources said that doctors advised Prince to stay at the hospital for 24 hours, but when he wasn’t given a private room, he and his representatives decided to leave. When he left the hospital, Prince ‘was not doing well’, the sources added.
He was released three hours later and made an appearance at a party in Minnesota the next day, telling fans to ‘wait a few days before you waste any prayers’.
The 57-year-old music icon was then seen at about 7pm on Wednesday at a Walgreens pharmacy looking ‘frail and nervous’ with a group of employees or friends. It was his fourth visit to the pharmacy this week.
It is unknown why he went to the store himself or if he picked up a prescription, though per Walgreens protocol, anyone with Prince’s phone number and address could have retrieved medication for him.
Prince was then found unresponsive in the elevator at his suburban Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at 9.43am EST on Thursday and was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.
His cause of death is not known, but in a call to paramedics on the way to Prince’s home, a 911 dispatcher said: ‘Male down, not breathing.’
In the midst of the phone call, the dispatcher asks, ‘Are you with the person who’s…’ and the unidentified male responds, ‘Yes, it’s Prince’.
Prince was seen walking out of a Walgreens pharmacy near his Minnesota estate just 15 hours before he was pronounced dead on Thursday
Prince (pictured in 1985) has died aged 57 at his estate in Minnesota, just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with severe flu
A rainbow appears over Paisley Park near a memorial for Prince, where fans brought flowers and cards for the late pop icon
Fans of Prince were overcome with emotion as they laid flowers outside his home in Minnesota today, where dozens of people gathered
Sheila Clayton (left) of St Paul, Minnesota, hugs an unidentified friend outside of Paisley Park on Thursday after hearing news of Prince’s death
A fan grieves outside First Avenue, a dance venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday where Prince is one of many music legends featured in a silver star outside the nightclub
Paramedics were called to his Paisley Park studio (pictured) at 9.43 this morning and the music icon’s death has now been confirmed
Prince made a surprise appearance at a dance party in Minnesota on Saturday, in what is believed to have been his final public appearance
Riding on: Prince was seen riding a bicycle outside his estate in this picture posted on Instagram on Sunday
The superstar musician combined rock, R&B, soul and hip-hop to create a unique sound that led to him selling more than 100million records during his 40-year career
COUNTDOWN TO PRINCE’S DEATH
Thursday, April 14: Prince performs in Atlanta and appears to be fine.
Friday, April 15: Prince’s private plane makes an emergency landing at Moline, Illinois, and he is taken to hospital for ‘flu symptoms’. He is released after three hours of treatment.
Saturday, April 16: Prince goes to a party in Minnesota to give ‘proof’ he is still alive. ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,’ he tells fans.
Sunday, April 17: Prince is seen riding a bicycle outside his apartment.
Wednesday, April 20: Prince is seen looking ‘frail and nervous’ at a Walgreen’s store near his estate at around 7pm. It is his fourth visit to the pharmacy this week.
Thursday, April 21: Prince is found unresponsive in an elevator inside his compound at 9.43am. He is pronounced dead at 10.07am.
The caller struggles to find the address of the home and has to ask several people for numbers and streets.
He struggles to decipher Minneapolis from the suburban Chanhassen, and tells the dispatcher they’re in Minneapolis before finally telling the dispatcher that they are at Paisley Park.
The dispatcher finally gets the address sorted out – after realizing that it is Prince that is unresponsive – and sends an ambulance toward the estate in Chanhassen.
An autopsy will be performed on Friday to determine the exact cause of the star’s death.
TMZ reported that the seven-time Grammy award winning singer’s plane diverted to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, last Friday to make the emergency landing.