Prince Press Conference: Sheriff Reveals New Details On Singer’s Death

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Prince Press Conference

By Shari Weiss

Prince Press Conference

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New details in the investigation into Prince’s death were revealed on Friday during a press conference with the Carver County Sheriff.

As Gossip Cop reported, sheriff’s deputies were called to Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen on Thursday morning after a 911 caller said the superstar had died. His rep later confirmed the tragic news. An autopsy was conducted on Friday, but the results aren’t expected to be released for weeks.

While the investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Jim Olson addressed the media on Friday afternoon. He delivered prepared remarks about the case, and took questions from reporters. Olson began by saying, “This is a tragedy for all of us. To you, Prince was celebrity. But to us, he was a community member and a good neighbor. To his family, he is a loved one.” Olson continued, “In life, he was a very private person. We are going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity, and hope that you do so as well.”

The Sheriff then confirmed previous reports that staff members had found Prince unresponsive in the elevator of his estate and called 911. Paramedics attempted CPR on the singer, but it was unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff explained that due to the situation involving the “unwitnessed death of a middle-aged adult,” the police decided to initially search his estate as if it were a potential crime scene, which he said was “normal protocol and not different from what we would normally do.”

Olson wouldn’t comment on whether or not a suicide note was discovered at the scene, but he did say there’s “no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide.” The Sheriff also noted there were no 911 calls involving Prince in the last year. As to reports that the singer may have overdosed on Percocet, Olson responded, “This case is currently under investigation, and I’m not gonna talk about that at this time.”

The police are also currently studying surveillance videos of Prince picking up medication from a Walgreens, which the Sheriff also described as “normal protocol.” Olson went on to reveal the singer was last seen alive around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night at Paisley Park before being found unresponsive and pronounced dead at around 10 a.m. the next morning. The exact time of death, however, is still pending. The Sheriff stressed there was “no reason to believe foul play” was involved, and there was “no sign of trauma or violence.”

A representative from the medical examiner’s office then said it would take a number of weeks to get back the autopsy results, and there’s no information at this time regarding whether or not the cause of death was a drug overdose. Prince’s body has since left the coroner’s office and been released to his family.

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