MINNEAPOLIS — Prince talked dirty in song but had a reputation for clean living. He also had an ability to put on shows that were electrifying in their athleticism.
But after his death at age 57 — following a series of cancelled shows and a reported emergency plane landing for medical treatment — questions swirled over whether the music superstar had been hiding serious health problems from his fans.
An autopsy was conducted Friday and the body released to his family. Authorities said it could be weeks before the cause of death is released.
But Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Prince’s body had no signs of violence when he was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator at Paisley Park, his estate in suburban Minneapolis, and there was nothing to suggest it was suicide. Olson said it appeared Prince had been at the compound alone.
“This is certainly a big event internationally and nationally, and I can tell you that we are going to leave no stone unturned with this and make sure the public knows what happened,” the sheriff said at a news conference.
Olson and a spokeswoman for the medical examiner refused to say whether any prescription drugs were taken from Prince’s home after his death, and they would not comment on a report by the celebrity website TMZ that the “Purple Rain” star had suffered an overdose of a powerful painkiller less than a week before he died.
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Jeff Baenen And Amy Forliti, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:29AM EDT