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Prince’s death raises questions on health

- By Jeff Baenen and Amy Forliti

Autopsy results are not yet released, but star’s body had no signs of trauma.

MINNEAPOLI­S — There were no obvious signs of trauma on Prince’s body when he was found unresponsi­ve at his home in suburban Minneapoli­s, and suicide isn’t suspected in the musician’s death, the local sheriff said Friday.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said during a news conference that Prince, 57, was last seen Wednesday night, when an acquaintan­ce dropped him off at his sprawling compound, Paisley Park.

Olson said Prince was found unresponsi­ve Thursday morning in an elevator on the first floor of his home after staff members were unable to get hold of him. Olson declined to say who made the initial 911 call. But he promised to fully investigat­e the death.

“I can tell you that we are going to leave no stone unturned on this and make sure the public knows what happened,” Olson said.

Despite his stage presence and erotically charged music, the man born Prince Rogers Nelson had a reputation for clean living.

But after his death Thursday, following a series of canceled shows, a reported emergency plane landing for medical treatment and a subdued hometown appearance, questions are being raised about whether he was hiding health problems.

An autopsy was completed Friday, though officials said it could take days or weeks before results are released. Investigat­ors said emergency crews couldn’t revive Prince after finding him unresponsi­ve at his compound in Chanhassen, about 20 miles southwest of Minneapoli­s.

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CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION 2013 Prince was found unresponsi­ve Thursday.

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