The Latest on the Investigation Into Prince’s Death

Published On April 25, 2016 | By Kendal Malewicz | Entertainment News

It’s been four days since PRINCE died, and the cause of death is still a mystery.  Here’s what you need to know . . .



The coroner completed the autopsy on Friday, but the results are still pending.  That’s because the toxicology results could take four to six weeks to come back.



In a press conference, the sheriff said there were “no obvious signs of trauma” on his body, and that they have no “reason to believe it was a suicide.”



Technically, foul play hasn’t been ruled out, but that seems unlikely because there weren’t any signs of trauma, and it sure seems like something had been negatively affecting his body leading up to his death.



For what it’s worth, TMZ claims Prince overdosed on Percocet the week before he died, and that’s why his plane had to make that emergency landing.  Percocet is an addictive painkiller that’s made up of acetaminophen and oxycodone.



Supposedly, he was taking Percocet for a hip problem.  He had corrective hip surgery in 2010, but was still dealing with pain.  Steven Tyler and Dr. Drew have already commented on the possibility that he had a prescription drug problem.



Meanwhile, “People” magazine has a source saying that Prince had been struggling with an “ongoing illness” that weakened his immune system.



“Entertainment Tonight” says he had a bad case of the flu that turned into walking pneumonia.  And frankly, there’s a decent chance that SEVERAL of these things could’ve contributed to his death.



In any event, Prince’s body was released to the family, and he was cremated.  There was a small private memorial service on Saturday where family and friends celebrated his life.  There’s no word on where the remains will be kept.



The family says they’re organizing a “musical celebration” for Prince’s fans, but there aren’t any details on that yet.



By the way, some AMC and Carmike theaters are screening “Purple Rain” this week to pay tribute.  And you know, make some money.  (There’s a list of the participating theaters, here.)


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