According to a report released by The Associated Press Thursday, a law enforcement official says that test results show Prince died of an opioid overdose. As the AP reports, the official is close to the investigation and is choosing to remain anonymous, "because he was not authorized to speak to the media." At this time, further details have not been released and it remains unclear whether or not the reported "test results" are in any relation to the autopsy report conducted in April.
As part of a complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr. Nelson’s medical and social history will be gathered. Anything which could be relevant to the investigation will be taken into consideration.
On April 21, news broke of legendary singer Prince's death at the age of 57 after he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota. At the time of his death, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said there were "no obvious signs of trauma" and that there was "no reason to believe this was a suicide."
Soon after his death, Prince's publicist released the following statement to Bustle:
It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.
The Carver County Sheriff department also released a statement to Bustle reading:
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.