Prince's Death: Authorities Remain Cagey
Autopsy said to be "complete," but no cause of death yet released.
An autopsy to determine what caused the death of iconic singer Prince was completed at 1 p.m. local time Friday (11 a.m. Pacific) in Ramsey, Minn. However, a spokeswoman from the Midwest Medical Examiner said that final test results may not be available for days or even weeks.
Speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon, Carver County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Olson proved that you don't have to watch Dynasty, to have an attitude. He told the press nothing they didn't already know. He said that Prince was his neighbor and friend, and warned the rest of us to respect Prince's privacy. Legally, dead people are historical figures, and historical figures no longer have privacy.
Olson did confirm that Sheriff's deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator by sheriff's at his Minneapolis compound Paisley Park on Thursday, April 21. Olson confirmed the singer was found at 9:43 dead in an elevator at Paisley Park.
Olson, along with the town's mayor, a deputy and a spokeswoman from the medical examiner's office, spoke to the media and none of them added anything to what was already known. Olson said the investigation is still ongoing into the music legend's death and there were certain things he could not share at this time. Which does indicate that there is more that he knows, he's just not saying.
Olson said he would not comment on whether Prince was on medication, or on Prince's medical condition, deferring to the medical examiner. He would not comment on whether a suicide note was found, or whether there was any evidence of suicide. In short, he added nothing to what is already known about the Singer's death.
There were no signs of trauma to Prince's body and, as of now, police have no reason to believe his death was a suicide, authorities said today
The autopsy, performed by chief medical examiner Dr. A. Quinn Strobl, commenced at 9:25 a.m. local time, said a tweet from the coroner's office.
Prince's sister says the superstar musician had no known will and filed paperwork Tuesday asking a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate, though the size of his fortune is unclear.
There has been intense interest in Prince's death from the public. A Santa Monica Observer article on this website connection his death to HIV/Aids, has received more than 20,000 hits per hour, since it was put online yesterday.
The article theorizes that the singer, a Jehovah's Witness for decades, had discontinued his treatment on the advice of friends and fellow churchgoers. The Santa Monica Observer has received many messages from Jehovah's Witnesses, denying their organization would countenance such a course.
"Jehovah's Witnesses enlist every scriptural means necessary to continue their life," wrote one reader to of SMObserved.com. "They do not take blood transfusions - because the scriptures are clear on that issue Acts:5:28,29. I do not know whether Prince was still a believing Jehovah's Witness at the time of his death, but he definitely would not have been advised to discontinue medication in favor of prayer."
The Hollywood Reporter and National Enquirer are also said to have information about Prince and HIV/AIDS, which they intend to release soon.
The Carver County Sheriff's Office called a news conference for 3 p.m. local time Friday (1 p.m. Pacific) to update the press on the Sheriff's investigation.
A few clues about the pop icon's death were released Thursday night when the Sheriff gave the press transcripts of the 911 call made from Paisley Park, Prince's compound, at 9:43 a.m.
"We have someone who is unconscious," said the caller, an unidentified man, to a 911 dispatcher. "Um, we're at Prince's house."
As the caller searched for Prince's street address, he told the operator, "The person is dead here ... and the people are just distraught."
"Do we know how the person died?" asked the 911 operator.
"I don't know, I don't know," the caller said.
Prince sold more than 100 million records, won seven Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.