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No reason to believe Prince's death was suicide, authorities say

Prince died on April 21 aged 57. Credit: Reuters

There is no indication that Prince took his own life, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.

Sheriff Olson added that there were no obvious signs of trauma on the singer's body.

However, police are investigating whether the singer's death involved foul play.

Speaking at a press conference at Carver County Courthouse in Chaska, Minnesota, Sheriff Olson refused to comment on reports that Prince had consumed a powerful painkiller before his death.

He said Prince was last seen at 8pm the night before his death when he was dropped off at his Paisley Park estate.

The singer had been alone at the estate and staff member had been unable to reach him, Sheriff Olson added.

A spokeswoman for the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office said it would not release information from the post-mortem examination until "all results are obtained", and added that the findings of a toxicology scan "could likely take weeks".

Prince: Postmortem examination is complete

Pop superstar: Prince won seven Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe Credit: PA

A four-hour post-mortem examination has been carried out on Prince's body following his sudden death on Thursday at the age of 57.

The singer's body will be released to his family later today, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office said.


Mariah Carey: I'll never get over Prince's death

Mariah Carey says she will "never get over" the death of Prince, describing the iconic singer as a "genius, legend, inspiration".

Prince was 'truly multi-talented'

Kerry Gordy, who managed Prince's record label, told Good Morning Britain that Prince will be remembered as a "truly multi-talented" artist.

A photo of Prince is held up by a guitar in Minneapolis. Credit: Reuters

He was amazing. It was truly a fantastic run that we had.

He was a great songwriter, he was a great producer, he was a great arranger and he was a great musician.

Not only was he a guitar player - he was a keyboard player, he was a drummer, he was a bass player, he did all of the instruments and he did all of the arrangements.

He was a total talent as opposed to people who just do one thing ... he did everything.

He will be remembered for a person who was truly multi-talented.

– Kerry Gordy
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