The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office is currently performing Prince’s autopsy. Fans are desperate to know what caused the singer’s tragic death on April 21, and this brings us one step further toward finding out. But how long will we have to wait after the examination is complete before the details are released?
Prince’s autopsy is being worked on — but that doesn’t mean we’ll know his cause of death right away. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office confirmed in a press release that the autopsy began at 9:00 a.m. local time on April 22. So, when will we know the results?
UPDATE: The autopsy was completed at 1:00 p.m. local time and the body will be released to the family, but results are still “pending.”
Unfortunately, it might not be a few weeks until we know results. “Nothing will be released until everything is complete,” Martha Weaver, a spokesperson for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office, told The Hollywood Reporter. “Nothing can be reported with a pending status.”
Chief Medical Examiner A. Quinn Strobl, a board-certified forensic, anatomic and clinical pathologist, is performing the autopsy, the Medical Examiner’s office confirmed. Remember Prince by streaming his greatest hits here.
“As part of the complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr. Nelson’s medical and social history will be gathered,” a press release read. “Anything which could be relevant to the investigation will be taken into consideration. Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained. Gathering the results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks. Public information will be provided as soon as its available in accordance with the investigation.”
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his home in Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota on April 21, and although first responders attempted to revive him with CPR, he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Days before his untimely death at just 57-years-old, the singer reportedly overdosed on Percocet while flying back home from a concert in Atlanta. His plane had to make an emergency landing in Illinois, where EMTs allegedly gave him a ‘save shot’ to stop the overdose. It has NOT yet been confirmed if drugs were involved in his death.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think Prince’s cause of death was?