Prince cause of death investigated as mourning continues worldwide

Ill health forced Prince to cancel a surprise set of shows in St Louis a few days before he was found dead at his studio complex in Minneapolis, a music promoter has said, as mourning continued worldwide for the pop star.

Authorities in his Minnesota hometown gave scant details as they confirmed a postmortem examination had taken place on Friday and the remains of the hugely influential and prolific musician were being handed over to family.

But a picture began to form of apparent health issues leading up to the discovery of the 57-year-old unconscious in an elevator at his studio and residence. According to a transcript of a 911 emergency call made at 9.43am on Thursday, an unidentified male caller said he needed an ambulance and that a man was not responding. “Yes, it’s Prince,” he said.

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Source: theguardian.com

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