2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Olson, Carver County Sheriff:
"This is a tragedy for all of us. To you, Prince Rogers Nelson was a celebrity. To us, he's a community member and a good neighbour. To his family, he is a loved one. In life, he was a very private person. We are going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity in hope that you do as well. We also respect the media's right to information. Bear in mind that this incident happened about 29 hours ago. And continues to be under investigation."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Olson, Carver County Sheriff:
"At about 9:43 yesterday morning, we received a medical call at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. Chanhassen Fire, the Carver County Sheriff's office and Ridgeview Ambulance all responded to the call. That is our standard protocol and is not unusual at all for us to have everybody respond to a medical like that. They found an unresponsive male in the elevator. CPR was initially started, but was unsuccessful. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07. We have identified him as Prince Rogers Nelson, 57 years old. Staff members from Paisley Park had been unable to contact Prince yesterday morning and went to check on him. They found him unresponsive and called 911. Deputies went through the building to make sure that there was nobody else inside. Because this was an unwitnessed death of a middle-aged adult, the decision was made to process the scene. That is also normal protocol. It is not different from what we normally would do."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Olson, Carver County Sheriff:
"We finished with our processing yesterday late afternoon. And turned Paisley Park back over to Prince's representatives. Again, because this investigation is ongoing, I will not be answering questions on whether or not there were any items that were taken during our processing. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office was contacted and Dr. Quinn Strobl, who is a Carver County medical examiner, responded. There were no obvious signs of trauma on the body at all. The body was transported to Dr. Strobl's office for an autopsy and that is being done today. Results from that autopsy may take several weeks, which is not unusual."
There were no signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive at his home in suburban Minneapolis, the local sheriff said on Friday.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said during a news conference that the investigation was ongoing, but that there were no obvious signs of trauma on the body.
The 57-year-old musician was found dead at his home on Thursday morning.
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, a reported emergency plane landing for medical treatment and a subdued hometown appearance — questions are being raised about whether he was hiding health problems from his fans.
An autopsy was completed on 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.