On Prince’s Death, Authorities Say There’s “No Reason To Believe This Was A Suicide"
On Friday afternoon, Carver County sheriff Jim Olson held a press conference during which he discussed details of Prince's death. The iconic singer, who died on Thursday morning at age 57, was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota. Authorities, who attempted to revive the singer to no avail, arrived at the scene after a 911 call from a member of his staff.
According to ABC News, Olson said there were "no obvious signs of trauma" on the singer's body and that he was wearing clothes. Olson also noted that staff had not seen Prince since 8 p.m. the night before and went to check on him the next morning, which is when they found him in the elevator.
"We have no reason to believe this was a suicide," Olson said. According to USA Today, when asked about foul play in regards to the singer's death, Olson said the details are still pending.
An autopsy of the singer was completed earlier on Friday morning, and his body was released to family. Buzzfeed's Austin Hunt tweeted that the sheriff said the results of the autopsy could take several weeks, which is "not unusual."
"As part of a complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr. Nelson’s medical and social history will be gathered," the medical examiner's office said on Friday, according to ABC. "Anything which could be relevant to the investigation will be taken into consideration."