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The autopsy for Prince was completed Friday mid-day local time in Minnesota, where the iconic multi-instrumentalist died a day earlier. The exam took longer than normal “because of the gravity of the individual,” an official with the coroner’s office told The Hollywood Reporter.
Additional details about the passing were revealed by authorities on Friday, including that the artist was alone at home at the time of the passing, there were “no obvious signs of trauma” and “no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide,” Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said. There was no cell phone in “close proximity” to Prince when his body was found.
The artist’s body will be released to his family.
Results from the examination will likely not be released for several weeks, Martha Weaver, spokeswoman for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office had told THR.
“Nothing will be released until everything is complete. Nothing can be reported with a pending status,” she said.
Speculation on the cause of Prince’s death is just that, speculation, Weaver said. Nothing will be known until the autopsy is complete and toxicology results come back to the office, she adds.
Information regarding Prince’s medical and social history was gathered as part of the exam.
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator inside his Paisley Park residence Thursday morning. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
The autopsy was performed by Dr. A. Quinn Strobl, chief medical examiner for the MMEO.
Strobl has been a practicing forensic pathologist since completing her fellowship in 2005, says Weaver.
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