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Autopsy For Prince Completed


The autopsy for music legend Prince was completed, though the cause of death has yet to be released.

The four-hour autopsy began at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time on April 22, but the cause of death will not be released until toxicology results are returned in several weeks. The singer’s body was released to his family shortly after the autopsy, TMZ reported.

Much speculation was made as to the cause of death, with forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht telling NBC news that the likelihood of it being drug related is great.

“I would give overwhelming odds that, tragically, this is a drug death,” Wecht said. 

“When you rule out foul play, when there is no history of any kind of significant disease … heart and lung … when you rule out any kind of intervention, anything of an environmental nature, you come down to an autopsy that is essentially negative … and that probably means drugs.”

Wecht said the emergency landing of Prince’s private plane several days before his death “fits into the drug picture.”

“I cannot think of any medical or pathological condition that fits that kind of scenario, with incredible ups and downs … other than drugs,” he said.

The full transcript for the 911 call regarding the pop icon’s passing was subsequently released in full. Read it below, as reported by The Blaze. 

EC: 911, what is your emergency?

Unidentified Male: Hi there, um, what’s the address, here? Yea we need an ambulance right now.


UM: We have someone who is unconscious.

EC: OK, what’s the address?

UM: Um, we’re at Prince’s house.

EC: OK, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?

UM: Yeah, yeah, hold on.

EC: OK, your cell phone’s not going to tell me where you’re at, so I need you to find me an address.

UM: Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so yeah, um, the person is dead here.

EC: OK, get me the address please.

UM: OK, OK, I’m working on it.

EC: Concentrate on that.

UM: And the people are just distraught.

EC: I understand that they are distraught, but—

UM: I’m working on it, I’m working on it.

EC: OK, do we know how the person died?

UM: I don’t know, I don’t know.


UM: Um, so we’re, we’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we are at the home of Prince.

EC: You’re in Minneapolis?

UM: Yeah, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

EC: You’re sure you are in Minneapolis?

UM: That’s correct.

EC: OK, have you found an address yet?

UM: Yeah, um, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry I need, I need the address here?

UF: 7801.

UM: 7801.

EC: 7801 what?

UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park.

EC: You’re at Paisley Park, OK, that’s in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who’s—

UM: Yes, it’s Prince.


UM: The person.

EC: OK, stay on the line with me.


[Phone ringing]

S: Ambulance, Shirley.

EC: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78.

S: Paisley Park Studios, OK.

EC: 7801 Audubon Road.

S: OK.

EC: We have a person down, not breathing.

S: Down, not breathing.

EC: Yup.

UM: He’s, he’s—

EC: We’re going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal, sir.


KM: Dispatch Kayley.

S: Yeah Kayley this is Shirley at Ridgeview, you can cancel anybody going to Audubon, confirmed DOA.

KM: OK, thank you.

S: All right, thanks, bye.

Sources: TMZ, NBC News, The Blaze / Photo credit: Wikipedia

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