This is a rush transcript from "The Kelly File," April 21, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
MEGYN KELLY, HOST: Breaking tonight, troubling new reports surfacing in the death of the music superstar prince. As America remembers an icon gone too soon.
Welcome to "The Kelly File," everyone. I'm Megyn Kelly. We have just learned that an autopsy will be conducted on Prince's body tomorrow. This after he was found dead this morning at his Minnesota estate known as Paisley Park at just 57 years old. In just the last hour, the website TMZ.com, the outlet that first broke the news of the singer's death, published an explosive report saying that Prince was treated for a drug overdose just six days before his death.
You may have heard that his reps have claimed the singer had been battling the flu this month, but he performed in concert one week ago in Atlanta. Afterward, his plane was en route back in Minnesota when it made an emergency landing in Illinois. Prince was reportedly treated at a hospital for a few hours before he left. TMZ reports he was given something there called a save shot, which is typically used to counteract the effects of an opiate. News of his hospitalization broke, but Prince told worried fans to wait a few days before they wasted any prayers on him. Days later, he would be dead.
TMZ also obtaining this emergency dispatch call. It is tough to hear in places. This is the best version we've been able to produce so far. Listen.
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DISPATCHER: 7-8-0-1 Autobahn (ph) Road for a male down but breathing.
DISPATCHER: We need a paramedic on Paisley Park, 7-8-0-1 Autobahn Road, person down, not breathing.
DISPATCHER: (INAUDIBLE) CPR started.
DISPATCHER: Ten-4 CPR started at 9:49.
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KELLY: CPR started. We have live cameras outside of the compound where Prince was found in case there are any news conferences this hour.
Plus, we have been scrambling some of the best guests in the country for you this evening. And in a moment, we will speak with Dr. Michael Baden, Attorney Mark Eiglarsh, Dr. Marc Siegel, former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman and Joe Levy of Rolling Stone magazine.
But we begin tonight with the organization that broke this news. Harvey Levin is executive producer of TMZ.com. Harvey, good to see you tonight. This is an explosive report you've just put up. Tell us what the very latest is.
HARVEY LEVIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TMZ.COM: Well, when we broke the story that last Friday he was rushed to the hospital in Moline, Illinois, his people told us that he was rushed there because he had the flu. And frankly it did not make sense to us, and I'll tell you why. He had just performed as you said, performed in Atlanta, and you did a very good concert. His voice was great. He seemed great. Jumped on a plane. An hour and a half later, 48 minutes from his final destination in Minnesota, the plane is diverted, makes an emergency landing in Moline, and he is rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
Now, when his people said he had the flu, it really stopped us in our tracks because what we thought was, why wouldn't he tough it out for 48 minutes and be at his home? But they said it was the flu. He was there for three hours and he left. What we are told by multiple sources is that they made the emergency landing because of radio calls indicating that he may have had a drug overdose and that it was so serious that they gave him treatment at the airport on the tarmac, then took him to the hospital. In the emergency room, they gave him the save shot that you referred to, and then the doctors recommended, we're told, that he stay for 24 hours.
His people then said, he needs a private room. The doctors informed them that there was no private room at that hospital, and they said, we are out of here then. And the doctors advised against it, said it's a bad idea. But they still took him, brought him back to the airport and got him on a plane and took him home. So that is the story with we are getting from multiple people, that it was not the flu but he was treated for what they said was a drug overdose.
KELLY: Uh-hm. And when you look at the circumstances of today's reports in terms of his death, they said he had the flu still and that he died in an elevator. So what are you hearing about the circumstances of his death today?
LEVIN: Well, you know, look, I mean, you hear a lot, and we haven't posted most of it because we're trying to confirm various things. But I will tell you the curious thing, Megyn, is that, you know, if he had the flu, usually people who have the flu are kind of, you know, down low and then they gradually get better. With Prince, he was bouncing back and forth because, remember, in Atlanta he was great. An hour and a half later he's having a life threatening problem. The next day he's great again because he went to Paisley Park, held a dance party, and then walked up to the crowd and addressed them.
And everybody who was there said he looked great, he sounded great, and you know, that's not consistent with somebody who has the flu. On top of that, during all of this, he had at least four visits to his local Walgreens pharmacy, and that's not particularly unusual except he had somebody else go inside. He was in the car. And we have a picture of him last night in the parking lot. We're told he was sweating and pacing waiting for the person to come back out. And it's just all a weird kind of story about a guy who one minute seems fine and the next minute is in dire trouble.
KELLY: So last night he was seen at the Walgreens with --
KELLY: And so Prince goes himself and is there pacing around the parking lot? Is that what you're saying?
LEVIN: He is in the parking lot. Somebody with him is inside Walgreens. Again, the fourth trip. But the people we talked to -- we have the picture up that said he was agitated, he was pacing, he was sweating. And, you know, hours later he was dead.
KELLY: You know, so many of these musicians and celebrities have a history of drug use that, you know, becomes public for one reason or another. Is that the case with Prince?
LEVIN: We are told that he has had problems. And the question is how recently did he have those problems. And that again is something that I'm not really ready to talk about. I mean, obviously this is something that we're working on, and it all -- you know, the dots are increasingly connecting. But we are told officially at least that they are going to do toxicology on him and the toxicology will take two weeks. So we won't know definitively until the toxicology comes out. Hopefully we will know something then. But you know, again, I think the Moline trip at least puts a little bit of context, you know, to what's going on here.
KELLY: Harvey, what kind of life was he leading?
LEVIN: A very private almost secretive life, Megyn. And what I'm told is that he actually closed his circle some in the last year or so. And a couple of interesting things did happen. He has been talking about writing his memoirs for a while now, for several years, and somebody very close to him, one of the few people who remained close, told us that a month ago he told his people, I'm going to write these memoirs. I feel like I need to do it now. And in the last month he wrote 50 pages.
So something inspired him, you know, to write these 50 pages. I don't know. You know, look, there are some people who think it's premonition, some people just think he finally got off the dime to do it. But whatever it was, he got suddenly got inspired over the last month. That aside, a very private guy who not only doesn't like his picture taken in public but really kind of closed himself off to most people.
KELLY: Who did he surround himself with, any family?
LEVIN: Well, he had a girlfriend who was with him a lot. He had a manager. He had some close associates who were with him. But not a lot of people. I mean, he was not this kind of social guy who, you know, interacted with a lot of people. I talked to a journalist today who -- what am I saying? It's your network. I was trying to be diplomatic here. It was great. Greta said that some time ago she got a call from out of the blue, and it was Prince. And he was just grousing about, I think it was some record label, and he wanted to know his legal rights on something. And Greta said he was on the phone for well over an hour, and he didn't want to go on the air. He just wanted to talk to her. So it was kind of this ephemeral life that he led that is, you know, is not kind of the ordinary life. But Prince was not an ordinary guy.
KELLY: Uh-hm. And so now, what's your understanding about where this investigation stands? Because there's going to be an investigation into his death.
LEVIN: There already is, Megyn. The authorities there are investigating. We know that they are trying to contact the hospital in Moline, trying to get the medical records because they think it will help them. But they are obviously -- they're doing this autopsy. They are going to do a toxicology. It's going to tell them a lot. And they're interviewing people. But they are treating this as a full-on investigation.
KELLY: Minnesota state authorities.
KELLY: Do you know who found the body?
LEVIN: I do not know who found the body. We just got a transcript of the 911 call, and, you know, honestly I was working on this other story Megyn. One of my producers was doing the transcript. But my understanding of it, from what I was overhearing as they were putting it up, is that the person who called 911 didn't even know the city they were in. So it doesn't sound like it's somebody who lived around there or was, you know, with him a lot in that town.
KELLY: Hmm. Harvey, thank you very much. We appreciate your time tonight. All the best to you.
LEVIN: You, too, Megyn.
KELLY: Well, with TMZ suggesting that Prince was treated for what appears to be some serious symptoms just days before his death, there are growing questions as to the exact cause of the music icon's death. The Associated Press is reporting that the medical examiners have Prince's body in their possession and will perform an official autopsy at some point tomorrow.
Dr. Michael Baden is a forensic pathologist whose investigated and testified in a number of high-profile cases, the most high profile in the country including the criminal trials of O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector. Great to see you, Doc.
DR. MICHAEL BADEN, FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST: Good to see you.
KELLY: First of all, the autopsy. Would a family member, would a family member have had to consent to that?
BADEN: No. Not once it comes into the medical examiner's office. The medical examiner's office in Minnesota, they have a very good medical examiner's office. They have the authority to do an autopsy if they feel it's in the public interest.
KELLY: And toxicology as well?
BADEN: Absolutely. The toxicology -- they'll do a full toxicology. The toxicology itself can be done in a few days if they take it out of order. They don't put it -- which they will do in this case. Whether they release it right away or not depends on what the sheriff and other people want to do.
KELLY: Would they -- I mean, if somebody had tried to administer a save shot, one of these --
KELLY: In this incident, Harvey is reporting it happened last Friday when he had to make an emergency landing in Illinois during his flight, unconfirmed by us, that's what Harvey at TMZ is reporting, would that be in his body still if he had another one?
BADEN: Yes. The naloxone could still be found in the body or in the hair actually. It stays in the hair. But the death would not be from an injection or from taking the drug, whatever it was, Friday. He would have had to take another dose more recently.
KELLY: If it were a drug overdose, when would he have had to take the drugs? BADEN: If it's a narcotic drug, within 12 or 24 -- within 12 hours or so before he died.
KELLY: Uh-hm. When they called on 911, the -- first of all, the caller didn't know the address from which he was calling. We don't know who the caller was, who reported it. They first said there's someone here who is unconscious before saying the person is dead. So it appears to have been clear to that person who found Prince's body that he was dead. And shortly after arriving there the paramedics declared him dead it sounds like within half an hour.
KELLY: What does that tell you?
BADEN: He had been dead for a while. It's the same thing as Michael Jackson. He's already dead, but they try their best to see if with CPR, if he can be revived. And when he can't be revived, then they'll pronounce him dead a little while later. But whatever drugs he takes will be in the system and be able to be found toxicologically if he took drugs.
KELLY: Does the person conducting the autopsy consider this anecdotal evidence, like he was sweating and pacing and outside a Walgreens four times in the past couple of days, and he had this incident on a plane?
BADEN: Well, they may consider it depending on how much toxicology to do. But he or she is not going to make a decision based on that evidence. The decision will be made on what the toxicology and the autopsy show because even so, before the autopsy, maybe he did have some kind of heart disease or some kind of lung disease, pulmonary embolism or pneumonia that was missed at the hospital. It sounds like a drug overdose from what Harvey Levin has found.
BADEN: But the autopsy is there to also examine any other possibility.
KELLY: The reps of course are saying it was the flu, that he had the flu and he's been struggling with it for a week. He's 57 years old. What are the odds of that?
BADEN: The odds of that in this story are not very great, unfortunately, given the history. The flu should not have, as Harvey Levin pointed out, either the flu makes you worse and worse and worse and you don't go partying and dancing or you get another -- heart disease can cause that, a blood clot, embolus can cause that. But under the -- all of these things will be looked at. But the most likely thing from the history is, unfortunately, some kind of drug overdose.
KELLY: Uh-hm. Well, we'll find out more in the coming days. And certainly if you say that they can put a rush on the toxicology, you think --
BADEN: Within a few days. They will put a rush, they'll know about it. Whether they'll release it or not right away depends on what the sheriff and other people want to do.
KELLY: Doctor, great to see you.
BADEN: Good to see you Megyn.
KELLY: Well, our Trace Gallagher has been on the phone to investigators this evening. He joins us from our breaking news desk in Los Angeles right after this break.
Plus, Dr. Marc Siegel has been reviewing what we knew about Prince's health and what the significance is of the fact that he left that hospital against medical advice. He's here next.
And then former LAPD Homicide Detective Mark Fuhrman knows the drill on very high profiled cases. He's here on what investigators are likely doing right now and what we can expect tomorrow. The news is breaking right here, right now. And we will discuss the legacy of prince coming up.
KELLY: Breaking tonight, TMZ reports that legendary singer/songwriter Prince may have received treatment for a drug overdose just six days before his death this morning. And while there is no word yet on the official cause of death, just last week after what's now believed to be Prince's final performance, his plane did make an emergency landing in Illinois. Less than an hour from his ultimately destination where reportedly he was rushed to a hospital to receive treatment for an ongoing bout with the flu according to his reps. TMZ says it was something very different. In a moment, we'll speak with Dr. Marc Siegel about his take on the singer's death and what happened at that hospital.
But first, we go to Trace Gallagher who's been calling on these TMZ reports. Trace?
TRACE GALLAGHER, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: And we should tell you Megyn, we have just reached out to Prince's publicist about these reports of drug overdoses and haven't gotten a response. We just got off the phone from, excuse me, the Carver County Sheriff's Department. They say they can't comment about these reports of a drug overdose because quite frankly it's not in their jurisdiction. But any type of report that deals with drug overdoses or drugs will be worked into their investigation. We know that Prince was found unresponsive inside the elevator in his Paisley Park home.
And just as you and Harvey Levin were touching on a little earlier, we just got a copy of the transcript for that 911 call made from the compound this morning. It's very interesting because the caller starts out by saying that Prince is unconscious, then a few seconds later he says, and I'm quoting here, and he appears very nervous, "Okay, we have, um, yes, we have um, so yes, um, the person is dead." The dispatcher replies, "Okay, get me the address, please." And the caller responds, "Okay, I'm working on it." Clearly not knowing where he was. The dispatcher then says, "Concentrate on that." The caller says, "And the people are just distraught." Meaning there were more than one or two people inside that compound. "I understand they're distraught," says the dispatcher. And then the caller says, "Look, I'm working on it, I'm working on it," talking about the address.
Finally he says, okay, "Do we know how the person died?" And the caller says, "I don't know." We have confirmed the autopsy will be performed tomorrow, results again could be weeks away. Prince's representatives will only say that he had been suffering flu for several weeks. We know that two weeks ago Prince also cited the flu as the reason for canceling a couple of shows from his piano and a microphone tour and the official explanation as to why his plane had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, is because Prince was suffering severe dehydration. Clearly TMZ is not buying that explanation.
The day after being released from the hospital, Prince appeared at a concert held at his compound that he arranged to reassure his fans about his health. In recent years he has also spoken publicly about his battle with epilepsy as a child, saying his parents didn't know how to handle his seizures. He later said he believes he was healed by divine intervention. In recent years, the 57-year-old singer reportedly got very serious about religion and his health, becoming a vegan and apparently speaking out about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Again, we have contacted the publicist. No response. We're still working on getting more information from the authorities about this report of a potential drug overdose last week -- Megyn.
KELLY: Wow! And Trace, thank you. I want to emphasize that has not been independently confirmed by Fox News. That is TMZ reporting, they're also the ones who broke the accurate news this morning of Prince's death.
Joining me now, Fox News Medical Correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel. So, Dr. Siegel, take away the TMZ report for right now. You're looking at this, the circumstances of it. Would you have bought flu as an explanation for this?
DR. MARC SIEGEL, FOX NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I would have bought flu because flu is a great enabler. Flu can cause other things to occur. Two to three greater times greater risk of heart attack, someone who is 57 years old, risk of pneumonia from a flu. Most times people die from a flu, it's from pneumonia. He could have had that. Also that he was sedentary, was whining down, could have had a blood clot. These are causes of sudden death. The problem is and Harvey said this to you before I came on, which is, he got back up.
Usually with the flu, you don't get back up. You don't bounce back up and, you know, and suddenly you're performing again and then you don't feel well again. The episodic quality of this makes me think it could have been something in addition. It doesn't mean he didn't have the flu. Maybe that's true.
SIEGEL: But I'm concern about this issue of, why is he getting better and then not getting better?
KELLY: Well, and Harvey is getting specific. He's saying that there were radio calls suggesting that he had a drug overdose on that plane. They appear to have gotten some actual transmissions or have spoken to somebody who heard them. Reporting that when he was 48 minutes from landing going from Atlanta to Minnesota, they had to bring that plane down in Illinois because of him. And to be that ill from flu when the next day you were on your feet dancing does sound inconsistent.
SIEGEL: Really, really, really unlikely. That usually wouldn't happen. The flu really knocks you flat and it takes weeks to recover. But, you know, the thing I want people to know about drug overdoses is they suppress breathing. And also these drugs stay in your system for a long time.
SIEGEL: And the reason the save shot wouldn't have gotten rid of this is it just temporarily reverses the effect of Vicodin, Percocet, heroin, whichever one it is. It reverses it temporarily. Megyn, patients like that, if they're suffering from a drug overdose don't just get a shot of Narcan. They end up in a Narcan drip in the hospital, in the ICU.
KELLY: Well, and that's what reporting, that he went to the E.R. in Illinois that the doctors urged him to stay at least 24 hours. But he left against medical advice. And you know, that was last Friday, however. It's been nearly a week since that happened. This save shot, the Narcan, is that what it's called?
SIEGEL: Sure. Narcan.
KELLY: Can you get that at Walgreens? I mean, could he be he was getting not a drug at Walgreens but a save shot there?
SIEGEL: I believe that. That's possible in most states. It was probably the case there. But again it's a very dangerous way to live. It wears off. Then you're craving more of the narcotic. You take more of that. It stays in your system. You'd almost have to be a physician to know how deal with that accurately. And even then. So if that's the story, it's not surprising because, again, the main thing we worry about -- and there's been a 200 percent increase of drug overdose deaths since the year 2000 with this kind of medication.
KELLY: Well, let's talk about that. Because we've also had a major problem in this country of prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse. And, you know, we saw with the Michael Jackson case that in that case he had a doctor who enabled it and really, I mean, wound up convicted. I mean, like this happens where a doctor does not uphold the Hippocratic Oath and helps a patient abuse him or herself. How does the medical body police against this? I mean, how many doctors are there out there willing to enable drug habits in this way?
SIEGEL: I think your use of the --
KELLY: Not this way of Prince but the way of Michael Jackson.
SIEGEL: The word "enable" is exactly right. But there's a gray area there. Someone is on the way out of your office and they say, hey, by the way, Doc -- busy onto the next patient, could I have my Percocet prescription? Could I have my Vicodin prescription? New York State has a new system called I staff where all physicians have to go to a website and list when they give these narcotics. And I can see when another doctor gave it.
KELLY: But can't you get them online?
KELLY: Some of them you can get online.
KELLY: So, what stops that?
SIEGEL: Nothing stops that. And that's why people are dying. It's a real epidemic in the United States.
KELLY: That is just so wrong.
SIEGEL: And then by the way, they don't get those prescription drugs. They go to the street corner and get heroin in a brown paper bag for 10 bucks. So, even if I don't give it to the patient, they get it somewhere else as heroin.
KELLY: Dr. Siegel, good to see you.
SIEGEL: Great to see you.
KELLY: Well, we've been watching live pictures at Prince's compound where crowds are growing bigger. I mean, this guy not only was a music icon but he was a philanthropist, he was a thinker, he was intro expectative. And to hear that report of Trace that he was speaking out on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We're going to go live to our reporter in moments to see what the folks are saying there on the ground in Minnesota.
Plus, former prosecutor now, Defense Attorney Mark Eiglarsh is here with us as well. He can talk about the chain of events here. Who may end up handling this case because you can bet the police are on site investigating this right now. And how this investigation may wind up. Stay with us.
KELLY: Breaking tonight, we are learning new information about events leading up to the death of iconic singer Prince, including reports from TMZ saying he had been treated for a drug overdose just six days before his death. His camp has not yet denied that, but they have claimed this was all due to flu, including the moment that his plane needed to make an emergency landing six days ago. All day long, mourners have been converging near Prince's estate where the 57-year-old was found dead around 10:00 a.m. this morning. That is where we find our own Matt Finn live in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Matt.
MATT FINN, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Good evening, Megyn. We are at Paisley Park Studios, this is a large compound-like property just outside of Minneapolis. It has very large buildings and sound studios and it's described as a place where Prince made and produced music. But it also described a place where Prince lived and stayed at for a while. People have been pouring in all day long leaving behind balloons and flowers and cards, most of that in Prince's signature purple color. Now, we have reached out to authorities, local and state, police say they cannot give us any information surrounding Prince's death right now because this is an active death investigation. There are authorities arriving, coming and going, off the property. The sheriff's office has only said to us that it responded to a call at 9:45 this morning. They found Prince in an elevator. They tried to resuscitate him with CPR. He was pronounced dead a short while later. Megyn, what's interesting here is Prince held public dance parties in which he invited people to the property, charging anywhere between $10 and $40, and reportedly would give some of the money to charity. We ran into a woman named Karen. Karen was here and she said she was a lifelong Prince fan. She was inside the property with Prince just last Saturday. Was there any indication that he was suffering from some life-threatening illness?
KAREN, LIFELONG PRINCE FAN: No. Prince is typically pretty soft-spoken when he comes out and talks. He talked a few minutes, showed us a guitar and a brand new piano that was built for him and welcomed the crowd, and made some jokes. And he looked pretty good.
FINN: So you were face to face with Prince just a couple of days ago. What was your impression after leaving?
KAREN: Oh, it was a great time. It's always a great time out here at Paisley Park. It was a dance party. Great music. Great sound system. And to see Prince is always a treat.
FINN: There are a lot of headlines including the TMZ report that he could have suffered from drug overdose. You said there were no drugs or alcohol allowed at these parties and there was a lot of strong security.
KAREN: Yes. I would doubt that. I have a hard time believing that, given the security that is here and cell phone, cameras, water, energy drinks were served here, no tobacco. I would be shocked.
FINN: And would you be shocked to learn that he did die potentially of a drug overdose?
KAREN: Oh, of course.
FINN: Karen, thank you for your time. Of course, Megyn, the autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, which will potentially reveal much more information. We'll keep you updated as the story develops. Megyn, back to you.
KELLY: Matt, thank you. Joining me now criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Mark Eiglarsh. Mark, good to see you tonight.
MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND FORMER PROSECUTOR: Good to see you Megyn.
KELLY: What a thing to hear. At these rock events, this one at his home, his compound, no alcohol allowed, no tobacco allowed. He had spoken out against drugs. You know, we have not confirmed this TMZ report, so we do not know whether this is in fact the case. But they are citing radio dispatches according to Harvey from the day they had to land that plane suggesting he had a drug overdose. As an investigator, you know, back when you were a criminal prosecutor, how would you begin to investigate this case?
EIGLARSH: Well, first, let's start with the body. Let's find out what the medical examiner is saying, and then work backwards. If this was a homicide, meaning at the hand of someone else, they've got to figure out the source, assuming it's a drug overdose, of the drugs and see if somehow someone could be prosecuted. But, Megyn, have to talk about one thing we have not addressed tonight. Let's assume this report is true and I have no reason to suggest that Harvey's folks are not doing the right thing, a lot of the information that we know I'm not sure that we should know. A lot of this stuff like him getting a save shot, which then gives us the inference that it was from opiates, how do we know that? Is that from someone inside a hospital? Whatever happened to HIPAA laws? And if anyone is letting this go saying, well, it's that we need to know, he's a high-profile guy, whatever applies to him applies to all of us. So when we're in the hospital looking for those things to be kept private, it's moments like these where the investigation should be launched to determine, is it from someone inside the hospital?
KELLY: That's not waived just because the patient dies. We're not allowed -- they can't leak just because the patient died.
EIGLARSH: Right. I'm outraged that this came from someone at the hospital. And quite frankly, who else would know that a save shot would.
KELLY: One of Prince's associates may have known.
EIGLARSH: Maybe. Maybe. But he asked for a private room. Either he has some really, really non-loyal associates who are dishing out information or it's someone from the hospital.
EIGLARSH: What do you make of that, Mark, the fact that he left against medical advice from the hospital, which said you should stay. They couldn't get a private room. He's Prince. He said I'm not staying. He went, they said he was in a bad shape, he shouldn't have left. But that could be legally significant because the hospital will not be on the hook.
EIGLARSH: That's correct. If they can show that they made it very clear to him and I'm sure it's in every chart because they know people are going to scrutinizing it. That he left against medical advice, which I'm sure that's something I'm sure that they put in reports, especially with someone as high profile as this, I think they're covered.
KELLY: On the subject of how high profile he was, how does that affect this investigation?
EIGLARSH: Well, everybody wants answers. To the average John Doe on the street, he dies of an overdose, I don't think they will devote any resources. With this, Megyn Kelly, devoting a full hour to it, people want answers. They're going to turn to the local police and say what did you do, someone might have killed Prince, aren't you dying to know? Don't you have an obligation to find out? I expect they'll devote resources because for sure, he's high profile.
KELLY: Mark, good to see you.
EIGLARSH: Same here, Megyn.
KELLY: Still ahead, Detective Mark Fuhrman on the challenges investigators may face given how high profile the case is. We'll talk about what kind of records they can get, cell phones, were there cameras on the compound? What are they looking at right now?
Plus, Joe Levy of Rolling Stone Magazine is here tonight on the legacy of a star whose records sold over 100 million. Stay with us.
KELLY: We are continuing to watch the crowds outside the Minnesota compound where Prince was found dead this morning. The sheriff's office in Carver County is now investigating the circumstances of the singer's death. Earlier tonight, Dr. Michael Baden told us the toxicology reports can be done in a few days. Whether they release it right away depends on what police want to do. Joining us by phone, Mark Fuhrman, he is a Fox News contributor and former LAPD homicide detective. Mark, thank you for being with us tonight.
MARK FUHRMAN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Thank you.
KELLY: Your thoughts on where you start as a detective to figure out what really happened here.
FUHRMAN: Well, Megyn, it's one case the same as the next. But when you have money and control of multiple people, it becomes more difficult. But everything is pretty much the same. When the police got there, they realized that the victim had expired. The coroner is called the medical examiner. And now it's become an unexplained death because there's probably no ongoing illness and an attending physician that is willing to say, this person had leukemia or this person had cancer, and I'll sign the death certificate. So it becomes a criminal matter, an unexplained death. At that point, and now, they identify that it is Prince, that it is somebody that could possibly have had other than a natural death, you have a criminal investigation that has to start with seizing everything at that residence that could possibly lend to any evidence as to the cause of death. You need a search warrant. You're trying to collect any legal and illegal drugs, any vehicle of getting that drug into the body like an I.V., a syringe, anything like that is, and start interviewing the people at that location, at the mansion, to try to establish and freeze certain statements before people talk with each other.
KELLY: How about cell phones, his and those of the people who were in the house, looking for text messages, looking for cameras on the compound, and even, Mark, pharmacy patterns at this Walgreens? Can the cops get that?
FUHRMAN: Well, they can get all of this, but most of that information is not time sensitive. Human interactions and getting their stories straight is time sensitive. Getting rid of drugs at the mansion or syringes or I.V. bags is time sensitive. So I'm a little disturbed by the length of time from the time that there was probably an emergency, somebody that is probably rarely alone, to the time that they pronounce death. So you've got a long period of time. It reminds me of the Michael Jackson death. There was a long gap there. And, of course, we have illegally provided propofol in that case by a doctor for a sleep aid that led to his death. So, you know, the same situation. What you bring up can all lend to trying to paint a picture of what is really going on with this individual?
FUHRMAN: Does this individual have a pharmaceutical opiate problem that stemmed from a surgery or an injury that got out of control or is this an illegal street type drug?
KELLY: If anything. The reps are standing by flu. The cops are going to be able to get to the bottom of this, though. Because if there was a drug problem, there will be evidence of it. Mark, thank you very much for being with us tonight.
FUHRMAN: You bet. Thank you, Megyn.
KELLY: Since the news about Prince broke this morning, there's been a remarkable outpouring of tributes to the influence of -- gosh, he is an icon. What did you think when you heard he was gone? Gone at 57. All the way up to a statement from the White House we received today. Up next, we'll turn to Joe Levy from Rolling Stone Magazine on the man and the legend. Next.
KELLY: Prince was one of the bestselling artists of all time with more than 100 million albums sold. He made his first at 20 years of age. And with nearly 40 albums to his name, 7 Grammy's and an Oscar, Prince's legacy goes beyond billboard charts. Trace Gallagher is live in our West Coast Newsroom with more. Trace.
TRACE GALLAGHER, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Megyn, Prince was born into a musical family. His father played piano in a Minneapolis jazz band called the Prince Rogers Trio where Prince got his name. Prince started playing piano at the age of 7, picked up the guitar at 13 and the drums a year later. His debut album titled Prince came in 1978. He also released albums in '79, '80, and '81, but it was 1982 album entitled 1999 that shot him to international fame. The album featured the title song as Little Red Corvette, the video which became a sensation on a new channel called MTV. Prince went on to have five number one singles to go along with his seven Grammys and Academy Award for his semi-autobiographical Purple Rain, which spawned the singles Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, and Let's Go Crazy. Prince also wrote the sound track for Tim Burton's version of Batman. Prince was a musical genius and trendsetter, able to reach the highest (inaudible) and deepest baritone. He was controversial for what many people consider highly sexualized lyric, music videos, and concerts, but his music and style was often imitated and very influential, laying the groundwork for singers like Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz who posted in Instagram quote, my musical brother, my friend, the one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything and kept his integrity until the end is gone. I am heartbroken. Prince also worked Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Pattie Labelle, and Cyndi Lauper. He was married and divorced twice and then reported affairs with many of his proteges and collaborators, and some very public battles including a legal war with Warner Brothers music over artistic and financial control. He once appeared in public with slave written on his cheek and started calling himself The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. Megyn.
KELLY: Trace, thank you. Gold records and Grammys were one thing, but after Prince took to the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and played a solo during the Beatles' hit, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Rolling Stone Magazine described it as quote the single greatest musical moment at any rock hall induction ceremony in its history.
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KELLY: Joe Levy is a contributing editor of Rolling Stone Magazine. Joe, great to see you.
JOE LEVY, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: Good to be here.
KELLY: What was so special about that moment?
LEVY: There were a lot of things special about that moment, but here you have Prince who we don't always think of and don't acknowledge what a great guitar player he was, standing on stage and playing a solo originally played Eric Clapton on a song from a Beatles' record and he's saying I belong in this company and proving it with an absolutely beautiful, absolutely devastating solo. If you don't think of me as (inaudible) from that moment on, you should have thought of him already, but we think of him more as the funk guy, the dance guy, the When Doves Cry guy, maybe not the guitar player. And that was the moment when everybody's jaws just dropped.
KELLY: He played all the instruments and he played all of his own music on his own albums.
LEVY: Well, you know, he sometimes had a band. He didn't need it. On his first record, he played everything and from then on, he played most of the instruments. There was nothing he couldn't do, no kind of music he couldn't make, no instruments he couldn't play.
KELLY: He wrote not only for himself, but people like Sheena Easton was one, and who else?
LEVY: He wrote the Bangles' first breakthrough hit.
KELLY: Manic Monday?
LEVY: Manic Monday.
KELLY: That's right. That's what it was.
LEVY: And there was a moment where you know it seems like he took an interest in your career, he'd invite you to lunch and you would leave with a hit single. He just couldn't stop writing hit songs. There were other artists who had their big hits, their breakthrough hits with songs he had recorded, Chaka Khan was one. Sinead O'Connor, Nothing Compares to You, that's a Prince's song, she took it, she redid it, she made it bigger than he did.
KELLY: He was an eccentric.
LEVY: That's putting it mildly.
KELLY: I mean, he lived in his compound by himself?
LEVY: No. Not by himself at all. Those who visited it said there was something going on. There were by the way doves there.
KELLY: There you go.
LEVY: But those who visited said there was always something going on. There was music being made. There were movies being made. There was always activity. It was both a place of business, a house, and a studio.
KELLY: Joe, thank you very much for being here. We appreciate it very much.
LEVY: Thank you.
KELLY: All the best to you. We'll be right back.
KELLY: Prince a legend, dead at 57. Thanks for watching, everyone. I'm Megyn Kelly.
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