Prince's Autopsy Results Will Take Weeks

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An autopsy on Prince’s body was completed on Friday in Minnesota but the cause of his death won’t be available for weeks.


The autopsy was performed in Ramsey, Minnesota at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. It took four hours.

In a press conference today, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson began by stating (after a brief introduction):

“This is a tragedy for all of us. To you Prince Rogers Nelson was a celebrity. To us, he’s a community member and a good neighbor. To his family, he is a loved one. In life, he was a very private person. We’re going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity in hope that you do as well. We also respect the media’s right to information. Bear in mind that this incident happened 29 hours ago and it is still under investigation.”

Complete results could take weeks, according to medical officials who previously said they “will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained,” per CNN.

On April 21, Prince was found dead, at age 57, in an elevator in his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

During the conference, Sheriff Olson said they received a call at 9:43 a.m. about a fatality at the studio. Olson also stated that “this was an unwitnessed death.” And, “Because this investigation is ongoing, I will not being answer whether or not there were any items that were taken during our investigation.”

Olson also noted, “He was collapsed inside the elevator” and that Prince was last seen at about 8 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday night in Paisley Park.


As far as what Prince was wearing (after a reporter asked), Olson said he was wearing a shirt and pants—“He was in clothes. I can’t say I know for sure what he sleeps in versus what he may go out in, but I don’t know for sure if those were sleep clothes.”

TMZ reported that Prince was treated for a drug overdose days before his death, after his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. The site released a photo of Prince reportedly leaving a Walgreens near his home earlier this week.


TMZ also reported that he was on painkillers after having had hip surgery in 2010:

Prince had OD’d on Percocet days before his death, and he ingested so much, EMTs had to administer a “save shot” at the airport where his plane made an emergency landing to save his life.


Sheriff Olson said in the conference, “There were no obvious signs of trauma on the body at all.” After a question about whether a suicide note was found, he said, “We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide.”

Medical officials are still investigating and compiling Prince’s medical records. Martha Weaver, a spokesperson for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, says the autopsy “was a very meticulous exam” and that the results are pending lab results.


Additionally, Olson says they’re “unaware” if Prince has a will or what will happen with his property.


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Culture Editor, Jezebel



“In life, he was a very private person. We’re going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity in hope that you do as well.”