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Prince's death 'not suicide': sheriff

Associated Press Associated Press 22/04/2016

There were no signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive at his home in suburban Minneapolis, and he isn't thought to have committed suicide, the local sheriff says.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told a news conference that the investigation was ongoing, but "we have no reason to believe this was a suicide."

He said the 57-year-old musician was last seen around 8pm Wednesday, about 12 hours before he was found dead.

Despite his debauched stage presence and erotically charged music, Prince had a reputation for clean living and an ability to put on shows that were electrifying in their athleticism.

But after his death - following a series of cancelled shows, an emergency plane landing after a reported overdose and a subdued hometown appearance - questions are being raised about whether he was hiding health problems from his fans.

An autopsy was completed Friday to determine what caused the death of the Purple Rain superstar, though officials said it could take days or weeks before results are released.

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis and could not be revived, sheriff's officials said.

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