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Prince was found dead Thursday morning at age 57 after a string of recently canceled shows and an emergency aboard a flight last week.

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator Thursday at Paisley Park, and an autopsy was done Friday. She described his cause of death as “pending”.

There were no signs of trauma or indications of a suicide.


Staff became anxious about his welfare after trying to reach him the next morning and found him collapsed in the elevator. Paramedics came just after 10 a.m. local time and unsuccessfully tried to revive him by doing CPR.

And though all law enforcement officials there carry the treatment used to reverse drug overdoses, known as Narcan, “that was not used at all yesterday”, he added.

Preliminary results indicate that there were no obvious signs of trauma to his body and nothing to back up a suicide. “Gathering the results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks”, the medical examiner’s office said. Olson said it appeared Prince had been at the compound alone.

The key unanswered question about the fate of Prince’s intellectual property is whether he had a valid will or estate plan in place at the time of his death, lawyers said.

The private jet diverted about 300 miles to Moline, Illinois, en route to Minneapolis, Prince’s publicist said last week. The following night, he hosted a dance party at Paisley Park. Each box contained a handout with a color photo of the late musician and a black T-shirt with “3121” printed on it in white – the numbers were the title of a Prince album.

He told the Press Association: “I’m sure Tyka is a great person”.

At one point early in his first show, he briefly disappeared from the stage without explanation.

Prince had canceled other Atlanta shows recently, reportedly for the flu.

A TMZ report said Prince, victor of seven Grammys and an Oscar during a 40-year career, almost died of a Percocet overdose on April 15 aboard his private plane.

His death came as a shock to everyone, even to those who knew him well.

“To you Prince Rogers Nelson was a celebrity, to us he was a community member…”

But many believed he was in good health now.

In 2009, Prince, a Jehovah’s Witness, told an interviewer with the Los Angeles Times that he didn’t do drugs “or I’d give you a joint” to share while they listened to music.

Prince disclosed in a 2009 interview with Tavis Smiley that he was born an epileptic and had seizures when he was young.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, whose office is investigating the circumstances of his death, said Prince was last seen alive by an acquaintance who dropped him off at his home at about 8 pm on Wednesday night.

The mood when police arrived was “somber”, Olson said. “I don’t know. I never saw him eat”.


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