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Sheriff: Prince found alone, with no signs of trauma

In a news conference Friday, Carver County, Minnesota, Sheriff Jim Olson mourned the death of music superstar Prince, calling the singer a “community member and a good neighbor.”

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Olson said the sheriff’s department in the Minneapolis suburbs where Prince lived and worked were still conducting an “ongoing investigation.”

Here are some of the details from the news conference with Olson, and Martha Weaver, a spokesperson for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office:

  • Olson said staff from Paisley Park were unable to contact the 57-year-old singer Thursday morning, and so went to the compound where he lived and worked, and found him alone and unresponsive in his elevator.
  • Police received a 911 call from Paisley Park at 9:43 a.m. CDT. Chanhassen Fire Department, the sheriff’s office and an ambulance responded.

  • Responders found the singer unresponsive in the elevator, administered CPR, but it was unsuccessful. They pronounced him dead at 10:07 a.m.

  • The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office was then contacted. There were no obvious signs of trauma.

  • Olson would not divulge what, if anything, was found or removed from the compound in the investigation, but he said there was no reason to believe it was a suicide. He said it was common to open an investigation under these circumstances.

  • The investigation is still ongoing, bringing in other jurisdictions, but Carver County finished processing the scene in Chanhassen, Minnesota, late yesterday afternoon.

  • Weaver said the autopsy was conducted Friday morning, and the full results will take several weeks, which is not unusual. She said Prince’s body has been returned to family.

  • Olson said he believed Prince was last seen alive 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Paisley Park.

  • The sheriff also said that officers did not use narcan, which is administered when someone is overdosing on opiates. He said his deputies have been carrying the drug for two years.

Watch Watch Prince wail on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ on PBS.

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