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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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Let's take you to Minnesota, where we are expecting the sheriff to talk

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about Prince's death. I wish it were under different circumstances. This

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is a tragedy for all of us. To you, Prince Rogers Nelson was a

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celebrity. To us, he is a community member and a good neighbour. To his

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family, he is a loved one. In life, he was a very private person. We

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will continue to respect his privacy and dignity and we hope that you

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will do as well. We also respect the media's right to information.

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They're in mind that the information happened asthmatic the incident

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happened about 29 hours ago and continues to be under investigation.

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There is information that I will not be able to talk about. I'm going to

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give you a statement and a mule sake -- and then we will take some

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questions. Yesterday morning we received a call and the Sheriff's

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office and the ambulance responded to the call, which is our standard

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protocol, it is not unusual to have everybody responds to a medical like

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that. They found an unresponsive mail in the elevator. CPR was

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initially started but was not successful -- male. He was

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pronounced deceased at seven minutes past ten. We identified him as

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Prince Rogers Nelson, 57 years old. Staff members from Paisley Park had

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been unable to contact Prince yesterday morning and went to check

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on him. They found him unresponsive and called 911. Deputies went

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through the building to make sure there was nobody else inside.

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Because this was an unwitnessed death of a middle-aged adults, the

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decision was made to process the scene, which is normal protocol and

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no different to what we would normally do. We ended up contacting

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the head of the county crime lab to help us with that and there should

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be no inference taken from that, it isn't unusual for them to do those

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types of calls. We finished with our processing late yesterday afternoon.

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We turned Paisley Park back over to Prince's representatives. Because

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the investigation is ongoing, I will not be answering questions on

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whether there were any items taken during our processing. The midwest

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medical examiner's office was contacted and the Carver County

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medical Examiner was funded. There were no obvious signs of trauma --

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responded. The body was taken for autopsy and that is being done

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today. The results from that autopsy may take several weeks, which is not

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unusual. Again, this will continue to be an open investigation until

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the autopsy results come back. We are ready to take take questions

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that you may have. It was said that there were people in the home who

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were distraught. Can you tell us more about who was in the home?

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There were some staff members who were there, who had gone to check on

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him and that's all I can respond to. INAUDIBLE

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Are not responding to any kind of questions about what may have been

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taken -- I am not responding. We have no reason to believe that this

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was a suicide. But this is early on in the investigation and we are

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continuing to investigate. Any indication of how long he had been

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in the elevator? We haven't received that information from the medical

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examiner's office. It hadn't been in there for the couple of minutes

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before the first responders arrived. You said he is a very private

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person. INAUDIBLE I am not the person to answer that,

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we will let the medical examiner talk about that. Were any medical

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calls made to that address? I have checked calls to service for that

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address in the log, and his name directly and there were no calls

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involving Prince in the last year. Paisley Park, Prince does some

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concern as there sometimes and some get-togethers, so it isn't unusual

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for us to receive calls from Paisley Park itself. There was nothing that

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I'm aware of that involved Prince directly at Paisley Park. Are you

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unable to confirm whether Prince was taking any medication? I'm not able

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to confirm that at this time at all. Can you give us an idea about the

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investigation? INAUDIBLE We'll be talking to people who are

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close to him, gathering some medical records and taking a look at those

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and the medical examiner's office and working from there. Worthy staff

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members there before he collapsed -- worth were the. They were trying to

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reach him yesterday morning and they were not able to reach in, so they

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responded to Paisley Park to look for him and found him unresponsive

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in the elevator. INAUDIBLE We cleared and you went through the

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residence at the time and we did not find anybody else there. Are you

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cooperating with any other jurisdictions? We will be looking at

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all of that. Can you tell me what you have done so far? This is 29

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hours old, detectives are currently working on the case. There are

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things they are working on. INAUDIBLE

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Yes, of course, we always cooperate federally. You said there were no

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calls involving Prince, are you aware of any hospital visits? There

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are no calls involving the Sheriff's office that I'm aware of. Was there

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medication and the home? I'm not going to get specific on what was

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and wasn't taken -- at the home. Some reports that he may have been

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on medication such as Percocet. This is under investigation and I cannot

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comment on that at this time. INAUDIBLE

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Between us and the medical examiner's office we will be looking

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at that, absolutely. Reports that he frequented a local Walgreens, is

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there any surveillance? That would be our normal protocol, to pull any

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kind of video? That would be the normal protocol. This case is 29

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hours old and it continues evolving. Can you talk to us about processing

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the scene, how they are working? The head of the county crime lab is

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helping us from the processing standpoint and they are meticulous,

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that is what they do. They are very meticulous. Photos and so on. Any

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indications of how long he had been in the elevator? We are going to

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wait for the medical examiner's office to give that information. I

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cut off somebody here? She is the public information officer, she is

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not the medical examiner. Any sign of a drug overdose? There is no

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information at this time with regard to attack you what they are talking

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about, it is part of the investigation. Let me give you some

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background, we are working as part of the investigative team with the

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Sheriff's office, so many of the answers I can give you today will

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include the word pending. We received a call at 12 minutes past

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ten to come and assist the Carver County Sheriff 's office in the best

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gauge and and the investigator arrived at 11:30am yesterday

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morning, local time and was on the scene for several hours. The autopsy

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this moulding begun at 9am -- this morning. It concluded at 1pm. Just

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shortly I received word that his body left the midwest medical

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examiner 's office and was released to the family. It was a very

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meticulous exam, it was a complete exam. Several of the pieces of

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information that are gathered in that process will be sent to

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laboratories for further testing. So that answer is pending, and it will

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take days and weeks to complete those investigations. Is it possible

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to say when he died? I know when the time of death was pronounced, but

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had he been dead overnight? Do you know when he stopped breathing? That

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information is pending. Do you know when he was removed? 1539. Was there

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any extra people brought in colour because this was Prince, or any

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extra deputies? There were a number of people that started gathering

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across the street, very early, as well as the media, so yes, we

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certainly brought in other people to help from a crowd control standpoint

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and to assist us with that. From the scene processing standpoint, it is a

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very large area, Paisley Park, so we had to bring in a couple of extra

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people and that is part of the reason for having assistance with

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them. INAUDIBLE The building is pretty big.

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INAUDIBLE That will be part of the

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investigation, I don't want to comment. Did he use the elevator

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because he felt he was about to pass out? Did he have access to the

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stairway? He certainly has access to stairways. Paisley Park is a big

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place. I don't think it would be unusual for him to use the elevator.

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The staircases are pretty long, so that wouldn't be unusual, that's why

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he took the elevator. He collapsed inside the elevator? He was

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collapsed in the elevator. Do you know when he was last seen alive?

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Had he retired for the night? The information we have is that he was

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last seen at about 8pm on Wednesday night. At Paisley Park. Have you met

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Prince before, and what was the interaction like? I did meet him but

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it wasn't in my capacity as the mayor. When I was in business I had

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the pleasure of riding in an aeroplane with him. The aeroplane

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was riding for -- waiting for departure and there were some empty

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seats in front of me and very soon after that, the stewardess escorted

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Prince and a member of his entourage. That was the only time I

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had an encounter. I did greet him, but as the mayor, I've never had any

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reason to meet him. We would see Prince from a law Forsman standpoint

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occasionally, he would have concerts at Paisley Park and we would help

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with traffic systems. He lived there for a long time and had two

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different residences, in County and Paisley Park. He had been a

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long-time member of the community and had been a good member of the

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community. You said no reason to believe it was a suicide. INAUDIBLE

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We have no reason to believe it is a suicide, the rest of it is under

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investigation. Can questions about medication be cleared up by talking

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to his doctor? It will be part of the investigation and we will have

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contact with the medical information, personnel he has had

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contact with -- with the medical personnel. Have you had any contact?

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This investigation is 29 years old, I don't know specifically who they

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have talked to. INAUDIBLE I don't have that information. He

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was on the first floor. Any rumours that you would like to dispel at

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this time about his death or any part of the investigation? There

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have been so many rumours, I don't know if I can dispel all of them.

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This is under investigation. Was a search warrant issued? We did a

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search warrant, yes, and that would be normal protocol. Paisley Park is

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very large, it is hard to say who could have given us permission to

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process the scene, so we thought it would be safer and better for us to

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get a search warrant on the front end to do that. The search warrant

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hasn't been filed as of yet and it will be filed probably over the next

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week and a half. INAUDIBLE To process the scene at Paisley

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Park. I don't have a copy of the search warrant. Different offices do

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different things sometimes -- sometimes preliminary results are

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released. Are you going to have a preliminary report on any Pelo

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information? The short answer is no. The explanation is that we are here

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in the capacity of serving the Carver County Sheriff 's office as

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part of their team -- LE per limb and information. We will get our

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results and we will not any -- release any admission until the

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results are complete -- preliminary investigation. It is up to the

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Sheriff, what information he releases, whether it is preliminary

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or when it is complete. INAUDIBLE His body was Willie is to his

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family. -- was released to his family. Results are pending. What do

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you expect the timeline to be? It may be days, depending on the type

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of tests, but more likely weeks before we have the complete results

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and then the medical Examiner's office will release it. How many

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investigators do you have working on the case? We have got three, four

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agencies working on this and they have a number of detectives working

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on it. This is a very large... Let me rephrase it, this is a high

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profile case for us. The county continues, life in the county goes

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on and there are other cases that we have that we are currently working

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on. I'm not sure how many detectives I have working specifically on this

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case. The plane landed in Illinois. Was there anything unusual about

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where he landed that you can talk about? I know as much about that

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currently as you do from reading the paper. Let me address that. Speaking

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on behalf of the Chief medical Examiner, when we say we are going

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to be doing a complete exam, that not only includes the present state

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of the body that is brought to us, but also the medical history of the

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individual, the family medical history, so those things will be

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encompassed in the medical Examiner's report that will be

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delivered to the Sheriff. INAUDIBLE It will include his medical history,

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his social history and his family's medical history as well. INAUDIBLE

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I assumed they would request them as part of the investigation.

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Absolutely, we have access to them. INAUDIBLE

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At this moment we have not reached out to the BCA for assistance. The

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family cooperating the investigation? I spoke to the family

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and they are trying to keep many things quiet. I've had contact with

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Prince's family and representatives and they have been very cooperative,

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we haven't had any problems. You said there are no obvious signs of

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trauma. That is where we will leave this press conference that is being

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handled by Jim Balsillie and they represented from the medical

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Examiner's office -- Jim Olsen. 29 hours after the death, the autopsy

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is being carried out. The facts of the case are that the last time

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Prince was seen alive was at 8am in the morning. He was found collapsed

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in an elevator, CPR was attempted but there was no response. The

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investigation continues and there are no obvious signs of trauma on

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his body and no indication that this was a suicide attempt either.

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As the debate over Britain's membership of the European Union

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intensifies, everyone was waiting to hear how emphatic

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President Barack Obama would be on the issue.

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His response today was explosive as he urged Britain

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in forthright terms to stick with the EU.

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with David Cameron, Mr Obama warned that Britain would be "at the back

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of the queue" for a bilateral trade deal with the US,

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as President began with lunch with the Queen at Windsor Castle,

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with the First Lady Michelle and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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to Number Ten for a one-to-one with the British Prime Minister.

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Mr Obama's intervention in the EU referendum debate has

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brought sharp criticism from Leave campaigners.

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Editor, John Pienaar, whose report contains some

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When the president comes calling, he starts at the top.

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Touch down at Windsor Castle for a private visit with the Queen.

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Well, as private as these visits get.

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The one place and person to whom Barack Obama defers.

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Protocol rules, even for the president.

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He is here not just as a courtesy on his farewell tour,

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but to have his say on Britain's place in the world before

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Now, which head of state is supposed to go in front?

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Warmer than those wanting out of the EU were about to feel

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about Barack Obama, especially after the business end

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And in Downing Street, his welcome looked even warmer.

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Not just because President and Prime Minister are quite good

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friends, you could see that, but because the biggest star

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in world politics was here to help David Cameron

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in the fight of his life, keeping Britain in the EU

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and in the process saving the Cameron premiership

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President Obama took his chance and was not holding back.

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I figured you might want to hear from the President

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of the United States, what I think the

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On that matter, for example, I think it is fair to say that maybe

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at some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade

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agreement, but not any time soon, because our focus is in negotiating

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with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done.

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And the UK is going to be in the back of the queue.

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Toughest warning yet by far, and he was not sorry for saying it.

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Ultimately, this is something the British voters have

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But, as part of our special relationship, part of being friends

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is to be honest, and to let you know what I think.

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And speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision

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is a matter of deep interest to the United States, because it

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David Cameron could not have asked for more.

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The out camp are convinced that he did.

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Our collective power and reach is amplified by Britain's membership

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When it comes to the special relationship between our countries,

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there is no greater enthusiast than me.

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I am very proud to have had the opportunity to be Prime Minister

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and stand outside the White House listening to this man,

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my friend Barack, say that the special relationship

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between our countries has never been stronger.

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But I've never felt constrained in any way in strengthening this

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relationship by the fact that we are in the European Union.

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Even before the president said a word, you somehow knew

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something big was coming, bigger than Prince, the Beatles,

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And what a show it is when Barack Obama comes to town.

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In there, it is about international diplomacy, high-stakes politics.

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Out here, forget the rain, it feels like a crowd at a rock

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concert, people have come to get a glance at a president more popular

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than any politician here even in their dreams.

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But can Barack Obama win minds as well as hearts?

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If you did not know these two were close, you know now.

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One of them, Boris Johnson, even doubted whether the president

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he called "part-Kenyan" had British interests at heart.

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I think it is perverse that we are being urged

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by the United States to embroil ourselves ever more deeply

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in a system where our laws, 60% of them now emanate from the EU,

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when the United States would not dream of subjugating itself in any

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way to any other international jurisdiction.

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Side-by-side, shoulder to shoulder, Barack Obama has

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The fight for Britain's future still lies in the balance and that

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will decide whether the dramatic support David Cameron's closest

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friend and ally has given today is remembered as a prize trophy

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It is that time of the day to look at what weather stories

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It is that time of the day to look at what weather stories have been

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dominating the headlines around the world and unfortunately we've seen

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quite a significant landslide in north-east

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