No Signs of Trauma in Prince’s Death, No Reason to Believe It Was Suicide, Sheriff Says

There were no signs of trauma to Prince’s body and, as of now, officials have no reason to believe his death was a suicide, authorities said today.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota held a press conference today at 4 p.m. EST, explaining the investigation is still ongoing into the music legend’s death and there were certain things he could not share at this time.

Sheriff Jim Olson, along with the local mayor, a deputy and a spokeswoman from the medical examiner’s office addressed the media and shared further details about how the singer was found at his home.

After staff was unable to contact Prince yesterday morning, they went to check on him, Olson said. That’s when he was found in the elevator and the 911 call was made.

Furthermore, Olson added that there were no obvious signs of trauma to his body and that, at this time, there’s no reason to believe this was suicide.

Prince was last seen at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
No details were given about results from Prince’s autopsy, which was completed Friday by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office after he was found at his Paisley Park residence the day prior. The singer was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. after first responders attempted CPR. He was 57.

“As part of a complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr. Nelson’s medical and social history will be gathered. Anything which could be relevant to the investigation will be taken into consideration,” the medical examiner’s Office said in a press release this morning.

An updated release from the medical examiner’s office stated the singer’s body would be returned to his family and that a full report, including toxicology, could “likely take weeks.”

On Thursday evening, the local sheriff’s office released the transcript of the 911 call made from Prince’s home to authorities yesterday morning.

The caller, noticeably shaken, said, “We’re at Prince’s house.” The caller added that people around him were “distraught.”

Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, later confirmed that the music icon had died at his home.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning,” his rep said.

Prince’s body has been released to his family.

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