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Minnesota Sheriff on Prince: No Signs of Trauma on Body

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By    |   Friday, 22 Apr 2016 04:45 PM

Prince died alone at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota on Thursday — and authorities said Friday that there were no obvious signs of suicide or trauma to the music icon's body.

"There were no signs of trauma on the body," Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said at a news conference in Chaska, Minn. "We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide."

Olson gave the same response when asked whether foul play was a motive, adding, "the rest of it is under investigation."

He declined to say whether any Prince staffers were under investigation for any possible criminal charges. Three people were at Paisley Park when authorities arrived, he said.

"This all continues to be under investigation," Olson said. "We'll do a complete and thorough investigation — and it's better with this for us to do it well than for us to do it fast.

"So, we're going to do the best job that we can."

Martha Weaver, a spokeswoman for the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, said that autopsy results "may take several weeks, which is not unusual.

"It will include his medical history, his social history and his family's medical history, as well," she later added.

Weaver also declined to confirm whether Prince had been taking medication the night before he died.

"I am not able to confirm that at this time at all," she said.

Prince's body was discovered Thursday morning in an elevator at his home in Chanhassen, Minn., and he could not be revived my emergency medical personnel.

The Grammy-winner artist was 57.

Authorities were called to Paisley Park at 9:43 a.m. after he could not be reached by associates, Olson said.

"Staff members from Paisley Park had been unable to contact Prince yesterday morning and went to check on him," he said. "They found him unresponsive and called 911."

When sheriff's deputies arrived, "they found an unresponsive male in the elevator," Olson said. "CPR was initially started but was unsuccessful.

"He was pronounced deceased at 10:07."

Prince was last seen alive Wednesday about 8 p.m., when he was dropped off at Paisley Park by an associate, Olson said.

That person, whom the sheriff did not identify, has been interviewed as part of the investigation.

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