MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities say it could take days or even weeks before the public learns the cause of Prince’s death.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning, a day after the 57-year-old music superstar was found dead at his studio compound in suburban Minneapolis.
A spokesman for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office says the agency doesn’t plan to release any preliminary information until autopsy results are completed.
Spokeswoman Martha Weaver says she expects the process will take days or even weeks for tests to be completed. She also says no preliminary results will be released, and that the office will wait to release findings when all the information is in.
Once the physical autopsy is finished, Prince’s body will be released to a designee of his family.
Authorities responded to a medical call at Prince’s Paisley Park on Thursday morning to find him unresponsive in an elevator. The local sheriff says first-responders performed CPR, but that Prince couldn’t be revived.
Prince’s death at age 57 has sparked an outpouring of grief from fans, with hundreds gathering outside his studio and in downtown Minneapolis and many more posting remembrances on social networks. Buildings around the country were lit up Thursday night in his signature purple.