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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.

Denise Calnan and Louise Kelly

Published 21/04/2016 | 17:56

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Prince

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.

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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.

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Prince
Prince
Prince in the film Purple Rain

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".

In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
Musician Prince gestures on stage during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009.. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File
File photo dated 10/08/88 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PA Wire
File photo dated 17/09/88 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PA Wire
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File photo dated 24/02/97 of Prince arriving at the Brit Awards in London, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PA Wire
File photo dated 25/02/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 20/09/95 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 02/10/02 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Tim Whitby/PA Wire
Singer Prince gestures as he announces upcoming live dates at the Apollo Theater in New York October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Musician Prince (L) performs for members of the news media in Miami Beach, Florida February 1, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files
Singers Prince (R) and Beyonce perform during the 46th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2004. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files
File photo dated 02/10/02 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Tim Whitby/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/02/06 of Prince performing on stage at the Brit Awards, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/02/06 of Prince performing on stage at the Brit Awards, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson PA Wire
U.S. singer Prince leaves the French Open tennis tournament in Paris June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/Files
U.S. singer Prince watches the French Open tennis tournament in Paris June 2, 2014.
Musician Prince gestures on stage during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida, February 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files
Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida, February 4, 2007. REUTERS/Kyle Carter/Files
Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida, February 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

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.

Prince and Zooey Deschanel
Prince and Zooey Deschanel

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.











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.

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.

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.

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