Prince’s Cause Of Death Remains Unknown, No Sign Of Trauma Or Suicide

Rucuss staffApril 23, 2016

One day after Prince was pronounced dead, the chief medical examiner for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office performed an autopsy on the music legend to determine the cause of death.

Prince Rogers Nelson, who was 57, was found in an elevator unresponsive on Thursday morning. Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. after first responders attempted CPR.

A autopsy began at 9 a.m. central on Friday and was completed at 1 p.m. Prince’s body was returned to his family later that day. A full report, including toxicology, could “likely take weeks,” according to the release.

“Gathering the results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks,” a statement from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said. “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,”

Investigators also revealed that after conducting the autopsy procedure, no signs of trauma or suicide was a factor in Prince’s sudden death. But TMZ reports that a week before Prince’s show in Atlanta, he was treated for overdosing on the painkiller Percocet, which he was reportedly taking for a hip injury.

The autopsy comes after further details of an emergency landing last week involving Prince’s plane at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois. Jeff Patterson, the airport’s fire chief, told ABC News it received a call about an inbound aircraft carrying an “unresponsive person.”

Prince’s rep said he was rushed to a local hospital after the landing because he was treated for the flu.


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