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Prince Autopsy Complete, Police Investigation Continuing

Associated Press

Medical Examiners have completed an autopsy of Prince and released his body to his family a day after he was found dead at his home in suburban Minnesota officials said.

The autopsy took place on Friday morning, performed by Dr. Quinn Strobl, the Carver County Medical Examiner, at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn. The exam took about four hours, according to a statement released by Martha Weaver, the agency’s spokesperson.

She said “relevant information” related to Prince’s medical and family history would be sought. Information about the examination would not be released until results are complete. A full toxicology report could take weeks, according to the statement.

At a Friday afternoon press conference Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, described the known circumstances surrounding Prince’s death.

He was last seen alive about 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Paisley Park, Olson said. At 9:43 Thursday morning, sheriffs received a medical emergency call from Prince’s Paisley Park studio and residence in Chanhassen, Minn. Emergency responders found him collapsed and unresponsive in the elevator at the building. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

“Staff members from Paisley Park had been unable to contact Prince yesterday morning and went to check on him,” said Olson. “They found him unresponsive and called 911.”

Upon entering the residence, police did not find anyone else there, indicating he was alone at the time of his death. It is unclear how long he had been in the elevator where he was found and medical examiners will have to provide that information. Olson would not specify if any items were recovered from Paisley Park, pending the investigation.

“There were no obvious signs of trauma on the body at all,” said Olson, also remarking that officials have no reason to believe currently that the death was a suicide. The body was transported to Strobl’s office for the autopsy.

The investigation into the cause of Prince’s death will remain open until the autopsy results are complete, said Olson.

Prince’s death has sparked a global outpouring of grief from fans, with hundreds gathering outside his studio and in downtown Minneapolis and many more posting remembrances on social networks. Buildings around the country were lit up Thursday night in his signature purple.


Photo: People gather at a memorial created below Prince’s star, center top, adorning the wall of First Avenue, where the pop super star Prince often performed, in Minneapolis. AP/Jim Mone