Prince’s Death: Not a Suicide, ‘No Obvious Signs of Trauma,’ Sheriff Says

Iconic “Purple Rain” singer found dead at his home on Thursday

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There were “no obvious signs of trauma” on Prince’s body when it was found in his Minnesota home, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Friday in a press conference on the singer’s sudden death at age 57.

He added that “there is no reason to believe at this point that it was a suicide.”

Prince, the music legend behind hits like “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple Rain,” and “Little Red Corvette,” was discovered unresponsive at 10:07 a.m. on Thursday in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

He had last been seen alive around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night when an acquaintance dropped him off at his estate, Olson said.

The coroner performed an autopsy on the star’s body Friday morning, but office spokeswoman Martha Weaver said the results “may take several weeks.”

However, Weaver said that Prince’s body had already been released to his family. It’s unclear when a funeral service might be held.

Olson also noted that he was “not privy” to whether the musician had a will.

Asked whether Prince was taking any medications at the time of his death, Olson said, “We are not able to confirm that at this time.”

Prince was briefly hospitalized last Friday in Moline, Illinois, while returning from a concert in Atlanta.

His representatives stated that he was suffering from flu-like symptoms, but a TMZ report on Thursday indicated that the singer may have overdosed on the painkiller Percocet.

At the press conference on Friday, Olson said that department personnel did not use any opiate antidotes like Narcan on Prince’s body at Paisley Park, although they do carry Narcan with them.

“This is tragedy for all of us,” Olson said. “To you, Prince Rogers Nelson was a celebrity. To us, he was a community member and good neighbor.”

Following news of the Purple One’s death, a flood of tributes emerged from around the world, with Katy Perry, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and many others sharing their grief.