Minnesota officials: "No reason to believe" Prince committed suicide and no signs of trauma

An autopsy has been done, but the official explanation for Prince's death likely won't be released for some time

Published April 22, 2016 9:12PM (EDT)

Prince (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Prince (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

One day after Prince's death shocked music fans around the world, additional details surrounding the pop superstar's demise were released Friday afternoon. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson announced that the singer's body showed "no obvious signs of trauma" and that there is "no reason to believe at this point" that Prince committed suicide. Officials found that Prince was alone at the time of his death, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

An autopsy was performed on Prince's body Friday morning at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minnesota. Though the autopsy is complete, toxicology results are still pending and the official explanation for Prince's death likely won't be released for some time. "It could be days, depending on the type of test, and most likely weeks to have the complete set of results available to us," said Martha Weaver, a spokeswoman for the office.

Conjecture surrounding the cause of Prince's has centered on reports that the musician suffered an opioid overdose last week, but Weaver discouraged speculation until the results of the autopsy are announced. "Nothing will be released until everything is complete. Nothing can be reported with a pending status," she said.

Prince was found unconscious in an elevator at his Minnesota residence on Thursday and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. He was 57 years old.


By Michael Garofalo

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