MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A report obtained by WCCO on Tuesday in connection to the emergency landing involving Prince indicates his bodyguards carried him from the plane to receive medical care.
Prince was returning from a show in Atlanta on April 14 when his private jet had to make an emergency landing near Moline, Ill. Emergency crews responded to a call for emergency medical services involving an unresponsive passenger at about 1:17 a.m. on April 15. First responders arrived at about 1:24 a.m., and the scene was cleared by 2:16 a.m.
Three firefighters and two paramedics were on the call, and the report indicates Prince’s bodyguards carried him from the plane to receive medical attention. A Star Tribune report says EMTs gave him a shot of Narcan — a lifesaving opioid antidote. Prince was then taken to a local hospital, and his publicist said at the time he was treated for flu-like symptoms.
An attorney who once represented two of Prince’s half-siblings says they talked openly about the musician’s painkiller addiction. Michael Padden says more than 10 years ago they told him that Prince would take percocet and cocaine to enhance performances and battle severe stage fright.
Padden says Duane and Lorna Nelson told him Duane recruited and paid others to fake pain and get prescriptions for Prince. They also said they worried he would die young from a heart attack.
Padden represented Duane in a lawsuit against the star after he was fired as head of security at Paisley Park. Duane Nelson died in 2013 at the age of 52. Lorna Nelson died in 2006 at 63.
Last Thursday, Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park. Paramedics performed CPR, but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. He was 57 years old.
His death came six days after the emergency landing. An autopsy was performed Friday, but authorities say it could be weeks before Prince’s cause of death is determined.