There’s “no cause to consider” that Prince’s demise was suicide, the sheriff of the Minnesota county the place the singer had his residence has stated after a publish-mortem examination.
There was no signal of trauma on the physique, Sheriff Jim Olson stated, suggesting the singer had died alone.
Prince, fifty seven, was discovered lifeless in a raise on his Paisley Park property on Thursday.
Followers have been sporting purple, the color related to the musician who bought greater than 100m data.
His revolutionary music spanned rock, funk and jazz. He was at his peak within the Nineteen Eighties with albums like Soiled Thoughts, 1999 and Signal O’ The Occasions.
The sheriff warned that full outcomes from the submit-mortem might take a number of weeks, and the incident was nonetheless beneath investigation.
Mr Olson stated it was commonplace for there to be nobody within the residence besides Prince.
The singer was final seen at about 20:00 on Wednesday night time (01:00 GMT on Thursday) and was discovered unconscious by a few of his employees at about 09:30 the subsequent morning.
Prince had been rushed to hospital in Illinois six days earlier, whereas flying residence from a live performance in Georgia, however was handled and launched a number of hours later.
Quoting unnamed sources, US leisure information website TMZ studies that Prince was handled in Illinois for an overdose of the painkiller drug Percocet.
Declining to offer particulars of the preliminary findings, medical expert spokesperson Martha Weaver stated a full set of checks can be accomplished on the physique, involving tissue and blood samples.
Earlier, she introduced that the physique can be launched to the household on Friday.
Sheriff Olson confirmed police have been in touch with Prince’s household.
“We now have no cause to consider at this level that this was a suicide,” he stated, then added, “however once more, that is early on within the investigation and we’re persevering with to research.”
He spoke of Prince as a great member of the group and stated he had been a “good friend to [his staff] in addition to being an employer”.
Followers have arrange impromptu memorials in his house city Minneapolis and in New York.
In London, US President Barack Obama stated he and the US ambassador started the day by listening to Prince’s hit Purple Rain and Delirious earlier than attending bilateral conferences.
Prince had spoken about fighting childhood epilepsy, the Related Press stories, and associates say he had hip hassle.
His former percussionist, Sheila E, informed the information company Prince had suffered the consequences of years of leaping off risers and audio system on stage whereas sporting excessive heels.
“There was all the time one thing type of bothering him, because it does all of us,” she stated. “I harm each single day. You realize we’re like athletes, we practice, and we get harm on a regular basis. We now have so many accidents.”
Born Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958, he was a prolific author and performer from a younger age – reportedly writing his first track when he was seven.
He was additionally an arranger and multi-instrumentalist, and recorded greater than 30 albums. Hits included Let’s Go Loopy and When Doves Cry.
In 1984, he gained an Oscar for the rating to Purple Rain, a movie through which he additionally starred.
All through his profession he had a fame for secrecy and eccentricity, as soon as altering his identify to an unpronounceable image.
He had a mercurial relationship with know-how. In 2000, he launched singles by way of the pioneering music-sharing service Napster, however he later declared the web “utterly over” and refused to permit his music on main streaming platforms.
Prince’s newest album, HITnRUN Part Two, was launched final yr and he had been touring as lately as final week.
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