Monday 26 September 2016

Suicide ruled out in Prince death mystery

Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30

Fans leave flowers and purple balloons at a memorial outside Paisley Park, the singer Prince’s home in Minneapolis. Photo: Reuters
Fans leave flowers and purple balloons at a memorial outside Paisley Park, the singer Prince’s home in Minneapolis. Photo: Reuters

Police in Minnesota have said there is no sign that Prince took his own life.

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The Carver County Sheriff said the singer had died alone and exhibited "no obvious signs of trauma" and there was "no reason to believe it was a suicide".

It could nonetheless be weeks before the public learns the true cause of the star's death. He was found slumped in a lift at his Paisley Park home studio last Thursday. Medical personnel performed CPR at the scene but were unable to revive him, and he was declared dead at 10am.

Coroners conducted an autopsy yesterday before turning over the body to Prince's family.

Prince reportedly overdosed on a highly addictive prescription painkiller just days before his death. According to a report by TMZ, which cited multiple unnamed sources, Prince was using the drug Percocet for pain arising from a 2010 hip operation.

In the small hours of April 15, his jet made an emergency landing on the way home from an Atlanta concert, so he could be given a "save shot" - an injection or nasal spray used to counter drug overdoses.

On April 16, the day after his medical scare, Prince hosted a dance party at Paisley Park for around 200 fans, where he turned up for five minutes, showing off a new purple Yamaha piano and guitar. He did not perform.

Sunday Independent

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