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ABC News Special Report on the death of Prince

Posted at 12:36 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 16:04:27-04

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An autopsy began Friday to determine what caused the death of the iconic musician Prince, though officials said it could take days or even weeks before results are publicly released.

Prince was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator at his suburban Minneapolis compound. The local sheriff said deputies responded to a medical call at 9:43 a.m. that morning but that first-responders couldn't revive the 57-year-old musician. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office was handling the autopsy, but the agency doesn't plan to release any preliminary information, agency spokeswoman Martha Weaver said Friday. She said it could take several days or weeks for tests to be completed and the office will wait to release findings until all the information is in.

Prince had canceled concerts in Atlanta because he wasn't feeling well. He performed a makeup concert April 14 in that city, apologizing to the crowd shortly after coming on stage for the earlier cancellation.

While talking to the crowd between songs, he joked about having been "under the weather," giving a slight smile. His voice seemed a bit weak at times when he spoke, but he sounded fine when singing during the 80-minute show, which featured "Nothing Compares 2 U" and his finale, "Baby, I'm A Star."


He sat at his piano for most of the show, but stood up at times to pound the keys and walked around the piano a couple of times, soaking up cheers.

Prince had struggled with hip problems and childhood epilepsy. His former percussionist, Sheila E., told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday that Prince damaged his hips while performing, saying he jumped off risers while wearing high heels during his "Purple Rain" days and that "it damaged parts of his body." Prince was seen in recent years using a cane.