Prince May Have Been Dead for More Than Six Hours Before He Was Found: Report

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Heartbreaking new details are emerging amid the ongoing investigation into Prince’s untimely death on April 21.

The Star Tribune reports that a paramedic who responded to the 911 emergency call told staff members, law enforcement officers and others that the “Purple Rain” singer may have been dead for more than six hours before his body was discovered in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate.

As Us previously reported, Prince was found with prescription painkillers in his home when he died, and had been battling a decade-old addiction to opioids.

Sources close to the investigation tell the Star Tribune that the singer had in fact become “increasingly agitated” in the days following an overdose that prompted his plane to make an emergency landing on April 15.

In an attempt to remedy the situation, a staff member at Paisley Park called someone in New York in the early hours of April 20 seeking advice on how to calm Prince down, the Star Tribune reports.

The musician was then taken to the hospital, where he received an intravenous treatment, a source told the newspaper. At some point that same day, a doctor treating him for withdrawal symptoms made a house call (according to the Star Tribune, the timeline of events is still unclear).

Staff members also reportedly reached out to Prince’s longtime friend Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, who put them in touch with Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California doctor who it was hoped would help wean Prince off his dependence on prescription painkillers.

He was, however, unable to make it out to Minnesota until April 22, so he sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, to the residence on April 21 in his stead.

Andrew was one of the individuals who would later discover Prince’s lifeless body.

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