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Brother-in-law says Prince worked 6 days straight with no sleep prior to death

A memorial outside of Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

A memorial outside of Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Particulars surrounding the death of Prince have begun to leak out since the enigmatic legend's untimely death on Thursday. 

Though much is unclear about what went into the Purple One's final hours, an astonishing new detail is being reported by several sources. According to Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips, the Minnesota-born icon had worked 154 hours straight prior to his collapse in the elevator at his Paisley Park complex.

The Daily Beast's coverage quotes Electric Fetus employee (and Cherry Cola frontman) Max Timander, who said that Prince "looked kind of pale, and he was not totally looking in the best shape as he normally is" on an April 16 stop at the Minneapolis record shop.

Though Prince was a noted autodidact with a vault of unreleased material hidden away in Paisley Park, the idea that he stayed awake and at work for six and a half days prior to his death is a disturbing development.

Following a four-hour autopsy Friday, Prince was cremated Saturday. There was a small private funeral held Saturday at Paisley Park, according to a statement released by Prince's publicist. 

Autopsy reports will not be completed for four weeks, though many in the media have reported that Prince's death was caused by a painkiller overdose. Again, toxicology results have not been released to confirm or refute those reports. 

On April 15, Prince's plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. The emergency audio from that flight can be found at TMZ. The incident came the day after the 57-year-old artist performed what would be his final two shows in Atlanta.

Following a weekend of similarly tireless dancing, the Twin Cities continue to mourn and celebrate the life of Prince.