L.A. Reid Says Prince Thought Elevators 'Were the Devil', Finds Friend's Death 'Haunting'

by Jackie Willis 8:48 AM PDT, April 22, 2016
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Prince's friend L.A. Reid is pretty "spooked" that the 57-year-old musician was found dead in an elevator.

The music executive revealed on CBS This Morning on Friday that Prince did not like elevators and pointed out that he even included the lyric, "Don't let the elevator bring us down," in the 1984 song, "Let's Go Crazy."

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Reid also recalled that Prince once brought up elevators to him in conversation. "One time when I was with him privately, he said, 'You know what the elevator is, right?' I said, 'No, what's the elevator?' He said, 'Well, the elevator is the devil,'" Reid shared. "It scared me. I don't like to talk like that, but he said that. So, for me, it was like really haunting when I read that he was found in an elevator."

On Thursday, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told ET that the legendary musician was found unresponsive in an elevator when officials responded to a call at Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at 9:43 a.m.

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"First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim," Olson said in a statement. "He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson of Chanhassen."

Prince's autopsy is being conducted Friday, April 22, and while some are reporting that Prince suffered from a drug overdose just days before his death, Reid insisted that the musician led a healthy lifestyle. "I know he was really health conscious. He was a vegan. He didn't abuse alcohol," he said. "I didn't know him abusing drugs. He worked out."

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Reid added, "That also really concerned me because it made me think, wow, you do all these things to take care of yourself and you die so young. It's so frightening."

A number of other stars close to Prince have been sharing their stories and condolences following the music icon's death. Mariah Carey spoke to ET after hearing the news, saying, "It's such a loss that he's gone. I'll never get over it."