Philippine Daily Inquirer

No signs of trauma on Prince


CHANHASSEN, Minnesota— There was no evidence of trauma on Prince’s body when he was found unresponsi­ve in an elevator at his huge compound or any indication the late music icon committed suicide, US authoritie­s said on Friday.

Stunned fans massed outside the superstar’s Paisley Park studio complex on the outskirts of Minneapoli­s are looking to an autopsy carried out earlier in the day to resolve the mystery around the sudden loss of their idol.

But medical officials cautioned it could be weeks before they can conclusive­ly say what killed the enigmatic award-winning musician, whose death at age 57 plunged the entertainm­ent world into grief.

Prince was found dead on Thursday, a week after he was hospitaliz­ed for flu-like symptoms that he later downplayed.

There have been reports the incident may have been triggered by an overdose of an opioid-based painkiller.

“We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide,” Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told a packed news conference.

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