Though an autopsy is scheduled to begin today, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has warned that it could be weeks before the results are complete.
Prince’s plane had to make an emergency landing just days before his death to give him medical attention. It was originally stated that he was suffering from the flu, but now it has come to light that the artist had overdosed on Percocet, a highly addictive painkiller.
He was also spotted at a local Walgreens multiple times the week prior to his death. Witnesses say he appeared agitated while he waited for his medication.
Whether or not substance abuse had a hand in Prince’s death, the artist is being mourned worldwide as people remember his contributions to the music world. With several decades of exciting musical works to explore, there’s no doubt that Prince will remain influential despite his early passing.
He started his career in the 1970s and quickly rose to fame in the ’80s, holding his own and even surpassing the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. His aggressive drive towards putting out new music helped cement his position in pop culture.Read more about Prince’s influential career: