The investigation into the death of pop icon, Prince has begun. The submission for a search warrant is planned in the coming week, says Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson today in a press conference given shortly after the completion of an autopsy on the body of Prince on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios at 9:43 am on Thursday by his staff who failed to reach him on Thursday morning. Medical personnel attempted CPR without response and Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 am by medical personnel and deputies of Carver County on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Interview of Carter County Sheriff Jim Olson.
The causes of deterioration of health have been speculated to be related to flu which exacerbated into walking pneumonia as well as possible dependence on the pain killer Percocet, prescribed for pain as he was in need of hip replacement. It is uncertain whether the emergency treatment sought at hospital in Moline, Illinois was related to an overdose of Percocet as Prince allegedly received a “save shot”. Very physical performance over the decades and high heels apparently caused wear and tear on the knees and hips.
Collaborator and former fiancé Sheila E. is quoted as saying He was in pain all the time, but he was a performer.
It is not clear whether Prince actually had the double hip replacement he allegedly needed as his religious beliefs would not allow him to accept blood donations, making surgery impossible. It is said that he refused the surgery as he could not go against the rules of his faith.
Prince was last seen by a friend whom brought him to the Paisley Park compound at 8:00 pm on Wednesday evening and he spent the evening apparently alone there as was his habit. Prince died at the age of 57.
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