Questions swirl about Prince's health with unexplained death

Social media explodes as Prince tributes mark death of music icon

All eyes are now on the Ramsey, Minnesota office of county chief medical examiner Dr A Quinn Strobl, who is leading the autopsy on the body of Prince Rogers Nelson.

A transcript of a 911 call shows it came from an unidentified male at 9:43 a.m.

Responding to reporters' questions, Sheriff Olson also said they were not able to confirm any medication he had been using. Although there will be a Q&A afterward, police do not expect to be able to answer numerous predictable inquiries because their investigation is still in the early phase.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson released the information during a news conference today.

"He looked like the old Prince".

Prince was found collapsed in a lift by staff members, Sheriff Olson said.

"The Prince I know was super-healthy, vegan, wasn't an abuser of drugs, wasn't an abuser of alcohol", Reid said.

"Despite becoming one of the biggest stars of his generation - one of his songs was cheekily called All the Critics Love U in New York" - Prince insisted on living near his hometown of Minneapolis, where he built his complex of Paisley Park.

Prince's 1984 "Purple Rain" single includes the lyrics "Purple rain, purple rain, I only wanted to see you, Bathing in the purple rain". Last week, the singer performed two intimate concerts in Atlanta, playing a selection of his greatest hits alone at a piano on a stage filled with purple smoke.

A photo taken of Prince during his last public appearance.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing unnamed sources, reported last week that Prince fell ill again as he returned from Atlanta to Minneapolis early April 15, and that his flight made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., where he was briefly hospitalized. And just shortly I received word that his body did leave Midwest Medical Examiner's Office and was released to the family. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. local time.

As for the cause of death, Olson said there were no signs of trauma to Prince's body, which he explained to mean that "there was no signs of violence".

Monumental Riasel Barrett (52), flying from Houston on Friday for business, said it was important to visit Paisley because "this is monumental to me".

Prince revealed in a 2009 interview with Tavis Smiley that he was "born epileptic" and had seizures when he was young.

Tributes have continued to flow for the music legend and a steady stream of people filed past his Paisley Park studio complex on the outskirts of Minneapolis to pay their respects and place flowers and handwritten messages.

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