He passed away yesterday (April 21) at the age of 57. That night, the Carver County Sheriff's Office released the full transcript of the emergency call between an unidentified person and a 911 dispatcher made at 9:43 a.m. EST. Prince was declared dead at less than a half-an-hour later.
A cause of death has yet to be determined with an autopsy scheduled for today. Two things are notable about the call. One, it was for some reason difficult for the people calling in to find an address, partially because they were so distraught and two, an ambulance was called off because they found he was already dead.
Read the full transcript below. Some elements of it may be disturbing, so read at your own risk:
EC: Emily Colestock, CCSO Dispatcher
KM: Kayley McGarry, CCSO Dispatcher
S: Shirley, Ridgeview Ambulance Dispatcher
UM: Unidentified Male
UF: Unidentified Female
(04-21-16 at 9:43 a.m.)
EC: 911, where is your emergency?
UM: Hi there, um, what's the address, here? Yea we need an ambulance right now.
UM: We have someone who is unconscious.
EC: Ok, what's the address?
UM: Um, we're at Prince's house.
EC: Okay, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?
UM: Yea, yea, okay, hold on
EC: Okay, your cell phone's not going to tell me where ~u're at, so I need you to find me an address.
UM: Yea, we have um, yea, we have um, so, yea, um, the person is dead here.
EC: Okay, get me the address please.
UM: Okay, okay, I'm working on it.
EC: Concentrate on that.
UM: And the people are just distraught
EC: I understand that they are distraught but
UM: I'm working on it, I'm working on it
EC: Okay, do we know how the person died?
UM: I don't know, I don't know,
UM: um, so we're, we're in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are at the home of Prince.
EC: You're in Minneapolis?
UM: Yea, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
EC: You're sure you are in Minneapolis?
UM: That's correct.
EC: Okay, have you found an address yet?
UM: Yea, um, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry I need, I need the address here?
EC: 7801 what?
UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park
EC: You're at Paisley Park, okay, that's in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who's ..
UM: Yes, It's Prince
UM: the person
EC: Okay, stay on the line with me
S: Ambulance, Shirley
EC: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78
S: Paisley Park Studios, okay
EC: 7801 Audubon Road,
EC: We have a person down, not breathing.
S: Down, not breathing
UM: He's, he's
EC: We're going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal sir
KM: Dispatch Kayley
S: Yea Kayley this is Shirley at Ridgeview, you can cancel anybody going to Audubon, confirmed DOA.
KM: Okay, thank you.
S: All right, thanks, bye.
(INADVERTENT ERRORS AND/OR OMISSIONS MAY HAVE OCCURRED DURING THE TRANSCRIBING OF THIS CONVERSATION.)
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