There was no evidence of trauma on Prince’s body when he was found unresponsive at his Minnesota compound, and his death is not believed to be a suicide, authorities said Friday. An autopsy was performed earlier in the day to try to lift the mystery surrounding the death of the superstar, who was found dead in an elevator at Paisley Park Thursday, a week after being taken to a hospital with a flulike illness that he later downplayed. There have been unconfirmed reports that Prince’s death could be linked to an overdose of painkillers the previous week. Olsen declined to comment on reports Prince had been taking an opioid-based painkiller called Percocet.
We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide. But again, this is early on in the investigation and we’re continuing to investigate.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told a news conference
The pop icon is expected to re-enter the US album chart at number one after his shock death at age 57, Billboard said Friday. The music journal, which publishes the benchmark US chart, said that hits collection “The Very Best of Prince” was on course to top the sales chart that will be published Sunday. Prince died at his Minnesota compound on Thursday, the last day under consideration for the weekly chart, indicating a surge of sales within hours of his passing. It would be the fifth number-one album for Prince whose classic 1984 work “Purple Rain” spent a near-record 24 weeks on top of the chart.