Minneapolis Stations Cover News of Prince’s Death

By Kevin Eck 

Prince, the 57-year-old musical legend who calls Minneapolis home, was reported dead this afternoon.

Until the news was confirmed after 1 p.m. ET, the local Minneapolis stations were reporting that someone inside his Paisley Park estate called 911 this morning and when authorities arrived they found a man dead inside.

Fox-owned KMSP broke in at 11:53 a.m., with anchors Tom Butler and Kelly O’Connell at the anchor desk who attributed reports of Prince’s death to TMZ. The two tossed to Ted Haller in front of Paisley Park who reported about the emergency call and dead body, but couldn’t confirm if it was Prince.

ABC affiliate KSTP broke the news halfway through 11 a.m. newscast with a map of Prince’s compound and Brandi Powell telling viewers what everyone else was reporting.

CBS-owned WCCO started off its Noon newscast with the breaking news. Kim Johnson and Allie Lucca quoted TMZ with reports of Prince’s death. Reg Chapman was live at Paisley Park.

NBC affiliate KARE broke in at 12:22 p.m. and were able to tell viewers the AP had confirmed the singer’s death through his publicist. Adrienne Broaddus, who was live at Paisley Park, talked a little about Prince’s legacy before summing up the timeline of what had happened this morning. She then showed viewers that fans and media were already converging on his compound.