After four long hours, Prince‘s autopsy has been completed and the coroner’s office released the icon’s body to his family. However, the cause of death is still to be determined.
According to the Chief Medical Examiner for the Midwest Medical Examiners Office, the procedure started at 9AM CDT Friday (April 22) and ended shortly after 1PM.
Martha Weaver, the spokesperson for the Examiners Office, stated, “As part of the complete exam, relevant information regarding [Prince’s] medical and family history will be gathered. Anything which could be relevant to the investigation will be taken into consideration.”
Weaver continued, “Midwest Medical Examiners Office will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained. Gathering results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks.”
As we previously reported, Prince may have overdosed on Percocet, a pain reliever, just days before his untimely death. TMZ also reported that Prince was spotted Wednesday (April 20) outside a local Walgreens waiting on a prescription.
Prince died Thursday morning (April 22) after being found unresponsive in his Paisley Park estate. He was 57. Since the news of his death, fans and artists have been paying tribute to the late soul icon.