During a press conference held Friday, Carver County Sheriffs Office answered questions about the circumstances surrounding Prince’s death and said, “No reason to believe this is a suicide“.
Officials will perform an autopsy on Prince on Friday, one day after the music legend was found dead in an elevator of his Paisley Park compound, just outside Minneapolis.
Thousands of fans have been flocking to Paisley Park and other sites made famous by Prince since he was found dead Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the investigation will continue, Olson said. Olson also emphasized that Prince “had been a longtime member of the community, and really a good neighbor for everyone”.
It could nonetheless be weeks before the public learns the true cause of the star’s death.
As fans mourn the death of music icon and superstar Prince, they can all agree on one thing.
Prince had reportedly been ill since April 7 and had delayed two concerts in Atlanta for a week as a result.
The medical examiner’s office said it “will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained”.
“This is a tragedy for all of us”, began Sheriff Jim Olson.
The law enforcement leader said that, even though the autopsy has been completed, he can’t discuss any objects that were taken from the scene since the case is still under investigation.
Olson said they will be talking to people close to Prince and gathering medical records, as part of the investigation.
Three staffers were at the complex by the time police and fire responded, Olson said. Results are expected to take a few weeks. The night after that, Prince hosted a dance party at Paisley Park, where some fans said he looked fine and seemed irked by reports of an illness.
Weaver added that, not only would the state of the body be examined, but also Prince’s medical and social history, as well as his family’s medical history.
Ex-wife Manuela Testolini said that as well as being a husband and friend, Prince had been a “fierce philanthropist” who encouraged her to set up her own charity. According to a report by TMZ, which cited multiple unnamed sources, the musician was using the drug Percocet to treat the pain arising from a 2010 hip operation.