Late on Thursday, the Carver County Sheriff’s office released the 911 call made from Prince’s home after the singer was found unresponsive.
Criminal investigators took over Prince’s home on Thursday to examine the death scene and Paisley Park’s maze of rooms and studios, but the sheriff insisted their involvement was routine, as Prince’s passing was an “unwitnessed death”. She said it could take several days or even weeks for tests to be completed, and that the office will wait to release findings until all the information is in.
“We are going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity“, Sheriff Jim Olson of Carver County said during a Friday news conference. 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. Olson also emphasized that Prince “had been a longtime member of the community, and really a good neighbor for everyone”.
The autopsy of Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world as simply “Prince“, has been completed, the coroner’s office announced today.
Olson confirmed that Prince’s staff were unable to reach Prince Friday morning, and went to Prince’s compound.
However, on April 16, Prince hosted a concert and dance party at Paisley Park.
Prince was found “unresponsive” in the elevator wearing a shirt and trousers and, though CPR was performed, he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
The exact time of Prince’s death is pending, said Martha Weaver, a public information officer for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. “We have no stone unturned with this”, Olson said Friday.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Prince’s death.
Officials explained that it could be weeks until the results are in, and a cause of death has been determined.
“I’m the same age as Prince“, said Olson when asked if he was a fan of the superstar, “I like Prince’s music”. Because the investigation is ongoing he would not comment on if anything was taken from the estate.