Unconscious Prince Carried From Plane; Pills Found at Paisley Scene
Prince was unconscious when his bodyguard carried him down the steps of his private jet after it made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., just days before the superstar collapsed and died at Paisley Park in Chanhassen.
That, combined with the discovery of prescription pills at the death scene, kept drugs as a focus in the investigation into how Prince died.
During the middle-of-the-night stop on the taxiway of the Quad City International Airport, paramedics from the local fire department, responding to a call of an “unresponsive passenger” on Prince’s flight, worked to revive Prince before speeding him to the hospital, according to fire and ambulance records released Wednesday by the city of Moline.
The heavily redacted document shows that emergency responders arrived at 1:24 a.m. on April 15 and cleared the scene by 2:16 a.m. The records contain almost no detail about what the responders did.
Several sources with direct knowledge of the death investigation, however, have told the Star Tribune that paramedics gave Prince a shot of the opioid antidote Narcan, and that Prince had overdosed on an opioid.
Prince’s plane was en route to Minneapolis from Atlanta — where he had played two concerts in one night — when it made the emergency landing.
The records listed paramedic Justin Frederiksen as a secondary caregiver. Reached by phone Wednesday, Frederiksen said he had “no comment on it.”