Authorities have 'no reason to believe' Prince's death was suicide
'No obvious signs of trauma' on his body, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.
Published 21/04/2016 | 17:56
Authorities have "no reason to believe" Prince's death was suicide and there were "no obvious signs of trauma" on his body, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.
It has been reported that soul legend Prince overdosed on painkillers days before his death.
The 57-year-old singer had been taking the painkiller Percocet, which is highly addictive, for a hip problem, TMZ reports.
According to TMZ sources, Prince had corrective surgery for his hips in 2010.
However, the cause of Prince's death may not be made public for weeks, officials said.
The American musician was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on Thursday, with tributes pouring in from the world of music and beyond.
A post-mortem examination was taking place on the 57-year-old's body today, where information about his "medical and social history" was gathered, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office said.
A spokeswoman for the office said it would not release information from the post-mortem examination until "all results are obtained" and the findings of a toxicology scan "could likely take weeks".
Carver County Sheriff's office said a press conference would take place later to provide an update on the investigation into Prince's death.
A day after Prince was rushed to hospital on April 15, he hosted a dance party at Paisley Park where fans said he "seemed happy" and appeared to look healthy.
Gretchen Richardson, 27, said: "It was just a short appearance. He just said, 'Save your prayers for a couple of days. I'm OK. I'm here, thank you. I appreciate it'."
Jeremiah Freed, who also attended the event, said that Prince told the crowd: "Just wait a few days before saying your prayers."
Tributes have flooded in for the singer, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson. US president Barack Obama described Prince as a "creative icon".
Madonna said he was a "true visionary" while Sir Elton John shared a picture of Prince on his Instagram page, writing: "The greatest performer I have ever seen."
Sales of Prince's music soared after news broke of the pop star's death, and fans continued to leave floral tributes at Paisley Park many hours after his death was announced.
Thousands of Prince fans also gathered at the club in Minneapolis where he filmed Purple Rain as the venue hosted a free all-night dance party in his honour. Two more similar events are planned at the venue over the weekend.
He didn't perform, but he did make a short speech to the crowd. Fans had paid $10 to attend the party.
According to Associated Press, Prince's publicist confirmed the news shortly after it emerged a person had died at the singer's compound.
Now multiple reports have confirmed Prince Rogers Nelson has passed away, a week after he suffered a mid-air health scare following a gig, which prompted the pilot of his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.
Losing Prince and David Bowie within a few months of each other is rough. Let us all strive to carry forward their weird, inclusive visions.— Brian P. Mangan (@brianpmangan) April 21, 2016
Not Prince not Prince not Prince not Prince not Prince— Joe Dempsie (@joedempsie) April 21, 2016
Wtf????????? There's no way Prince is dead— lucas (@llucasmerrill) April 21, 2016
I grew up on Prince...my moms love for him was like how mine was for Michael Jackson— Minion Leader, Gru (@DiirtyDiiana) April 21, 2016
There's no way... #Prince— OZ the L.A. Kid (@djoz18) April 21, 2016
I still don't believe that Prince is dead. Like, he's too cool to die.— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) April 21, 2016
Prince ain't dead bruh don't tell me that— CHUCK II (@DeuceNot2) April 21, 2016
Always relate #prince to my 6th form years. Really sad of the rumours of his death are true ....— Hilary Leam (@hilssinger) April 21, 2016
Can't believe Prince has passed. Beyond shocked & saddened to hear this.— Cubby (@Cubby4Real) April 21, 2016
R.I.P to Prince. Saddening news. I must be getting old, because all the icons are leaving us.— Scully (@isthatscully) April 21, 2016
The superstar was heading home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia on 15 April when he was taken ill and had to be hospitalised. His representative subsequently assured fans the singer was battling a nasty bout of the flu. He was released shortly after receiving treatment and returned home to recuperate.
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According to TMZ.com, Prince had also cancelled a pair of shows prior to his Atlanta performance due to illness.
However, the health scare didn't stop Prince from pressing ahead with a party at his Paisley Park studios on Saturday.
The seven-time Grammy winner performed at the Super Bowl in 2007.
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career. He also won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.
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A person was found unresponsive on Thursday at the Minnesota home of the singer Prince and was later declared dead, Carver County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud said.
Authorities are now investigating the death. They waited until next of kin were notified before they released the singer's name.