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Experts probe death of pop superstar Prince

Published 22/04/2016

Prince pictured in 1986
Prince pictured in 1986
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 15, 2004 shows, Inductee Prince performing a song of George Harrison along with Tom Petty after the late Beatle was inducted during the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 16, 1990 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 16, 1990 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 4, 1994 shows musician Prince (R) acknowledging applause after receiving from Italian tenor Placido Domingo (L) the "Outstanding Contribution to the Pop Industry" award during the World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOGPATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2007 shows US musician Prince performing during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- died suddenly at his compound in Minnesota on April 21, 2016, a representative said. He was 57. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF HAYNES AND Roberto SCHMIDTJEFF HAYNES,ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2007 shows US musician Prince performing during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- died suddenly at his compound in Minnesota on April 21, 2016, a representative said. He was 57. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
This June 7, 1984 photo, Prince performs in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
This June 7, 1984 photo, Prince performs in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
In this March 17, 1983 photo, Prince appears at the Met Center in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
In this Dec. 25, 1984 photo, Prince performs at St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minn. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
This May 1, 1990 photo, Prince performs a benefit in memory of ex-bodyguard Chick Huntsberry in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
In this May 2, 1990 photo Prince performs a benefit concert for the family of Charles (Big Chick) Huntsberry in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 26, 2005 shows, Performer Prince arrivING for the 77th Academy Awards 27 February, 2005, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on August 25, 1986 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Zenith venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GEORGEPASCAL GEORGE/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on August 21, 1998 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on August 25, 1986 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Zenith venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GEORGEPASCAL GEORGE/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 17, 1987 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Bercy venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 17, 1987 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Bercy venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This black and white photo taken on June 17, 1987 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Bercy venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died Thursday at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 14/11/06 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/02/97 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/09/88 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 10/08/88 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PA
File photo dated 24/02/97 of Prince arriving at the Brit Awards in London, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/02/85 of Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 20/09/95 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/02/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Musician Prince performs his first of three shows onstage during "One Night... Three Venues" hosted by Prince and Lotusflow3r.com held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on March 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com)
File photo dated 02/10/02 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Tim Whitby/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 20/09/95 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 08, 2015 shows Prince presenting an award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in this February 8, 2015. Pop icon Prince has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. The musician's publicist confirms Prince's death. / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 15/02/06 of Prince performing on stage at the Brit Awards, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
File photo dated 15/02/06 of Prince performing on stage at the Brit Awards, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 6: Singer Prince (R) and his wife Manuela Testolini sit in the audience at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Universal Amphitheatre, March 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Prince and Manuela Testolini arrive at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Prince walks on stage during the 77th Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LOS ANGELES - MARCH 19: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. NEW ORLEANS - JULY 2: Prince performs at the 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival at the Superdome on July 2, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 9: Musician Prince presents the award for "Favorite Leading Lady" onstage during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
File photo dated 09/06/99 of Prince, with his former wife Mayte Garcia, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2010 file photo, musician Prince performs in Yas Island, on the final night of the F1 motor race meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)
FILE - In this April 10, 1997 file photo, Prince performs a medley of "Take Me With U" and "Rasberry Beret" at the 4th annual VH1 Honors in Universal City, Calif. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 1985 file photo, Prince performs in concert at Riverfront Coliseum during his Purple Rain Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Rob Burns, File)
FILE - In this April 26, 2008 file photo, Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1985 file photo, Prince performs before a sold-out audience, in Houston. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/F. Carter Smith, File)
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/08/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. MIAMI - FEBRUARY 01: Musician Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 09, 2013 shows Musician Prince speaks onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported on April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. Local authorities said a death investigation was underway at Prince's Paisley Park complex, but did not give the identity of the fatality. / AFP PHOTO / KEVORK DJANSEZIANKEVORK DJANSEZIAN/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 30, 2011 shows US singer and musician Prince performing on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported on April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. Local authorities said a death investigation was underway at Prince's Paisley Park complex, but did not give the identity of the fatality. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 10, 2013 shows musician Prince as he presents the winner for Record of the Year during the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported on April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. Local authorities said a death investigation was underway at Prince's Paisley Park complex, but did not give the identity of the fatality. / AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Authorities are investigating a death at Paisley Park, where pop superstar Prince has his recording studios. Jason Kamerud, Carver County chief sheriff's deputy, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the investigation began on Thursday morning, April 21, 2016. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

A post-mortem examination will take place on Friday on the body of pop superstar Prince who died after being found collapsed in a lift at his home in Minnesota.

Medical staff tried to revive the 57-year-old star but he was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday, said Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

A cause of death was not immediately determined and police are investigating.

The singer had been taken ill on April 15 while flying home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia.

His private jet made an emergency landing in Molina, Illinois, and the Purple Rain singer was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and released hours later.

At the time a representative for Prince assured fans he was feeling much better and was resting at his Paisley Park home and just five days ago the singer made an appearance at a dance party held at his estate where he told fans: "Just wait a few days before saying your prayers."

But less than a week later paramedics were called to 7801 Audobon Road after a 911 call at 9.43am. Medics tried CPR but could not revive the singer, who was pronounced dead at 10.07am.

His British publicist later said: "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Fans quickly gathered outside his home and tributes flooded in for the music maverick, including a touching message from US president Barack Obama, ahead of his arrival in the United Kingdom.

Mr Obama said the world had lost a "creative icon".

Madonna, who collaborated with Prince on Love Song on her album Like A Prayer, posted a picture of the two of them together on Instagram, writing: "He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated."

Film director Spike Lee wrote on Instagram: "I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor" and later invited fans to pay tribute to the singer at a street party in New York.

Sir Elton John shared a picture of Prince on his Instagram page, writing: "This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. #Prince #RIP"

Scottish singer Sheena Easton, who cast aside her squeaky clean image to feature on his song U Got The Look, and was a rumoured romantic interest, said: "It is impossible to imagine him not being here. The world of music was forever changed the day he picked up his guitar. His talent was breathtaking, his heart was kind, and all of us have been blessed to have had a glimpse into this sweet and magical soul."

The star became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album 1999 and was most famous for hits including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Kiss.

His won seven Grammy Awards, sold more than 100 million records and won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain.

The singer, who was just 5ft 2in, was also seen as an eccentric with a tendency towards bizarre career moves, such as changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in the 1990s.

He became even more famous with the release of the film Purple Rain in 1984, a seemingly autobiographical movie set in the club scene in his home town of Minneapolis.

He was fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name.

Prince was married twice, the first time to his backing dancer Mayte Garcia, from whom he split in 2000, and then Manuela Testolini, whom he divorced in 2006.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2004.

He captured the imagination of Londoners when he played 21 nights at the O2 Arena in the summer of 2007, performing to half a million people.

On his last night he declared: "Everything's changed this summer. It doesn't matter who came before or who comes after. From now on, the O2 is Prince's house."

The last time he had played in the UK was in October 2002, when he opened with a 12-minute jazz song, and berated fans who had come expecting Purple Rain. At the O2 all that changed and he opened with his biggest hit.

Prince returned to the UK again in 2014 to play smaller venues with his new three-piece band of female rockers 3rdeyegirl.

He was in the process of writing an untitled autobiography which was due to be published in 2017.

Sales of Prince's music soared after news broke of the pop star's death and s hortly after his death was announced, fans gathered outside his home to pay tribute.

His sister Tyka Nelson came out of the house and told fans that her brother "loved all of you. Thank you for loving him back".

She looked at the bouquets, balloons and signs left by fans before approaching the crowd of nearly 200 to speak.

The owners of the central Minneapolis nightclub where Purple Rain was filmed planned an all-night dance party in his honour.

First Avenue owner Dayna Frank said the club wanted to give people a place to share their emotions and celebrate Prince's life.

The Carver County Sheriff's Office released the transcript of the 911 call from Prince's Paisley Park compound which brought emergency workers to the home.

An unidentified man struggles to find the address to give to the call handler, at first saying only that he is "at Prince's house" and a person is unconscious.

He later says the person is dead and continues: "And the people are just distraught."

When the call handler asks if he knows how the person died, he says: "I don't know, I don't know."

After confirming the address, the dispatcher begins to ask a question and the caller interrupts to say: "Yes, it's Prince."

At the end of the call, another ambulance dispatcher comes on the line to cancel any other paramedics on their way to the address as the person is "confirmed DOA" (dead on arrival).

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