Events surrounding death
On April 21, 2016, American musician Prince died at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Two weeks previously, Prince had cancelled his shows of April 7 citing the flu as the reason, and after a show one week later he had been hospitalized briefly with flu-like symptoms.
The news of Prince’s death triggered reactions from around the world. Makeshift memorials were created in Minnesota, London, New York, Sydney, Berlin, and other cities in countries where Prince had toured; sales of his albums and singles saw a significant increase in the following days. Many commentators noted Prince’s impact on music, fashion and culture and wrote of his status as one of the more influential musical artists, while numerous musicians and public figures also expressed their grief and shock.
He rescheduled and performed two replacement concerts in Atlanta on April 14, even though he still was not feeling well, and had a ban on photos or videos during the concert.
While flying back to Minneapolis early the next morning, he became unresponsive, and his private jet (a Dassault Falcon 900) made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, so that he could seek medical treatment. He was rushed to a hospital but checked out, three hours later, against the recommendation of doctors. There are conflicting news reports that he was treated for a drug overdose of Percocet versus reports from Prince’s spokesman that he had been suffering with the flu. Representatives stated that he suffered from “bad dehydration” and had had influenza for several weeks.
Prince was seen in public the following evening, when he shopped at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis on Record Store Day, and made a brief appearance at a dance party at his Paisley Park recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, stating that he was feeling fine.
On the evening of April 16, Prince held a dance party at Paisley Park Studios, which also served as his home. The gathering was to reassure the public of his well-being where Prince asked people to “save their prayers” for later. Earlier in the day, he was seen biking by the Office Max and then resting on the sidewalk, where he asked a bystander not to take a photo of him.
Emergency responders found Prince unresponsive in an elevator. Prince did not respond to CPR administered by emergency responders and was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. (1507 UTC). He was 57 years old.
Numerous musicians and cultural figures reacted to Prince’s death. Cities across the US held tributes and vigils, and lit buildings, bridges, and other venues in purple.
Prince was #1 on iTunes 45 minutes after his death was announced. In the first five hours after the media began reporting his death, “Prince” was the top trending term on Twitter, and Facebook reported there had been 61 million Prince-related interactions. Google released a doodle that featured the website’s logo in purple amongst purple raindrops; upon clicking the logo doodle would lead to Prince-related links. Snapchat also had a purple rain filter in his memory.