Prince's Death Is Now the Focus of a Criminal Investigation
Published Apr 29, 2016As the music world continues to collectively grieve the passing of Prince, questions surrounding the singer's death have started to spring up.
Earlier this week, the future of Prince's estate was left looking uncertain when it was revealed that he hadn't left a will, and now the circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated by police.
According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the Carver County Sheriff's Office has been allowed to suppress public records relating to the 911 call from Prince's Paisley Park estate just before his death on April 21 — implying that they are now part of an active criminal investigation. It has not been revealed who was responsible for making the call.
It was rumoured that Prince had overdosed on Percocet in the week prior to his death, prompting allegations that an overdose of painkillers may have been to blame for his eventual death as well. Pills were found at the late singer's house, though it is unclear whether or not they were prescribed to Prince himself.
According to the Star-Tribune, police are now investigating how Prince came to possess the pills and who might have provided them. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is not involved in the investigation at this time.
An autopsy has since been completed, though toxicology reports are not expected to be returned for a couple more weeks. Foul play and suicide are not suspected.