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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.
Let's take you to Minnesota, where we are expecting the sheriff to talk
about Prince's death. I wish it were under different circumstances. This
is a tragedy for all of us. To you, Prince Rogers Nelson was a
celebrity. To us, he is a community member and a good neighbour. To his
family, he is a loved one. In life, he was a very private person. We
will continue to respect his privacy and dignity and we hope that you
will do as well. We also respect the media's right to information.
They're in mind that the information happened asthmatic the incident
happened about 29 hours ago and continues to be under investigation.
There is information that I will not be able to talk about. I'm going to
give you a statement and a mule sake -- and then we will take some
questions. Yesterday morning we received a call and the Sheriff's
office and the ambulance responded to the call, which is our standard
protocol, it is not unusual to have everybody responds to a medical like
that. They found an unresponsive mail in the elevator. CPR was
initially started but was not successful -- male. He was
pronounced deceased at seven minutes past ten. We identified him as
Prince Rogers Nelson, 57 years old. Staff members from Paisley Park had
been unable to contact Prince yesterday morning and went to check
on him. They found him unresponsive and called 911. Deputies went
through the building to make sure there was nobody else inside.
Because this was an unwitnessed death of a middle-aged adults, the
decision was made to process the scene, which is normal protocol and
no different to what we would normally do. We ended up contacting
the head of the county crime lab to help us with that and there should
be no inference taken from that, it isn't unusual for them to do those
types of calls. We finished with our processing late yesterday afternoon.
We turned Paisley Park back over to Prince's representatives. Because
the investigation is ongoing, I will not be answering questions on
whether there were any items taken during our processing. The midwest
medical examiner's office was contacted and the Carver County
medical Examiner was funded. There were no obvious signs of trauma --
responded. The body was taken for autopsy and that is being done
today. The results from that autopsy may take several weeks, which is not
unusual. Again, this will continue to be an open investigation until
the autopsy results come back. We are ready to take take questions
that you may have. It was said that there were people in the home who
were distraught. Can you tell us more about who was in the home?
There were some staff members who were there, who had gone to check on
him and that's all I can respond to. INAUDIBLE
Are not responding to any kind of questions about what may have been
taken -- I am not responding. We have no reason to believe that this
was a suicide. But this is early on in the investigation and we are
continuing to investigate. Any indication of how long he had been
in the elevator? We haven't received that information from the medical
examiner's office. It hadn't been in there for the couple of minutes
before the first responders arrived. You said he is a very private
person. INAUDIBLE I am not the person to answer that,
we will let the medical examiner talk about that. Were any medical
calls made to that address? I have checked calls to service for that
address in the log, and his name directly and there were no calls
involving Prince in the last year. Paisley Park, Prince does some
concern as there sometimes and some get-togethers, so it isn't unusual
for us to receive calls from Paisley Park itself. There was nothing that
I'm aware of that involved Prince directly at Paisley Park. Are you
unable to confirm whether Prince was taking any medication? I'm not able
to confirm that at this time at all. Can you give us an idea about the
investigation? INAUDIBLE We'll be talking to people who are
close to him, gathering some medical records and taking a look at those
and the medical examiner's office and working from there. Worthy staff
members there before he collapsed -- worth were the. They were trying to
reach him yesterday morning and they were not able to reach in, so they
responded to Paisley Park to look for him and found him unresponsive
in the elevator. INAUDIBLE We cleared and you went through the
residence at the time and we did not find anybody else there. Are you
cooperating with any other jurisdictions? We will be looking at
all of that. Can you tell me what you have done so far? This is 29
hours old, detectives are currently working on the case. There are
things they are working on. INAUDIBLE
Yes, of course, we always cooperate federally. You said there were no
calls involving Prince, are you aware of any hospital visits? There
are no calls involving the Sheriff's office that I'm aware of. Was there
medication and the home? I'm not going to get specific on what was
and wasn't taken -- at the home. Some reports that he may have been
on medication such as Percocet. This is under investigation and I cannot
comment on that at this time. INAUDIBLE
Between us and the medical examiner's office we will be looking
at that, absolutely. Reports that he frequented a local Walgreens, is
there any surveillance? That would be our normal protocol, to pull any
kind of video? That would be the normal protocol. This case is 29
hours old and it continues evolving. Can you talk to us about processing
the scene, how they are working? The head of the county crime lab is
helping us from the processing standpoint and they are meticulous,
that is what they do. They are very meticulous. Photos and so on. Any
indications of how long he had been in the elevator? We are going to
wait for the medical examiner's office to give that information. I
cut off somebody here? She is the public information officer, she is
not the medical examiner. Any sign of a drug overdose? There is no
information at this time with regard to attack you what they are talking
about, it is part of the investigation. Let me give you some
background, we are working as part of the investigative team with the
Sheriff's office, so many of the answers I can give you today will
include the word pending. We received a call at 12 minutes past
ten to come and assist the Carver County Sheriff 's office in the best
gauge and and the investigator arrived at 11:30am yesterday
morning, local time and was on the scene for several hours. The autopsy
this moulding begun at 9am -- this morning. It concluded at 1pm. Just
shortly I received word that his body left the midwest medical
examiner 's office and was released to the family. It was a very
meticulous exam, it was a complete exam. Several of the pieces of
information that are gathered in that process will be sent to
laboratories for further testing. So that answer is pending, and it will
take days and weeks to complete those investigations. Is it possible
to say when he died? I know when the time of death was pronounced, but
had he been dead overnight? Do you know when he stopped breathing? That
information is pending. Do you know when he was removed? 1539. Was there
any extra people brought in colour because this was Prince, or any
extra deputies? There were a number of people that started gathering
across the street, very early, as well as the media, so yes, we
certainly brought in other people to help from a crowd control standpoint
and to assist us with that. From the scene processing standpoint, it is a
very large area, Paisley Park, so we had to bring in a couple of extra
people and that is part of the reason for having assistance with
them. INAUDIBLE The building is pretty big.
INAUDIBLE That will be part of the
investigation, I don't want to comment. Did he use the elevator
because he felt he was about to pass out? Did he have access to the
stairway? He certainly has access to stairways. Paisley Park is a big
place. I don't think it would be unusual for him to use the elevator.
The staircases are pretty long, so that wouldn't be unusual, that's why
he took the elevator. He collapsed inside the elevator? He was
collapsed in the elevator. Do you know when he was last seen alive?
Had he retired for the night? The information we have is that he was
last seen at about 8pm on Wednesday night. At Paisley Park. Have you met
Prince before, and what was the interaction like? I did meet him but
it wasn't in my capacity as the mayor. When I was in business I had
the pleasure of riding in an aeroplane with him. The aeroplane
was riding for -- waiting for departure and there were some empty
seats in front of me and very soon after that, the stewardess escorted
Prince and a member of his entourage. That was the only time I
had an encounter. I did greet him, but as the mayor, I've never had any
reason to meet him. We would see Prince from a law Forsman standpoint
occasionally, he would have concerts at Paisley Park and we would help
with traffic systems. He lived there for a long time and had two
different residences, in County and Paisley Park. He had been a
long-time member of the community and had been a good member of the
community. You said no reason to believe it was a suicide. INAUDIBLE
We have no reason to believe it is a suicide, the rest of it is under
investigation. Can questions about medication be cleared up by talking
to his doctor? It will be part of the investigation and we will have
contact with the medical information, personnel he has had
contact with -- with the medical personnel. Have you had any contact?
This investigation is 29 years old, I don't know specifically who they
have talked to. INAUDIBLE I don't have that information. He
was on the first floor. Any rumours that you would like to dispel at
this time about his death or any part of the investigation? There
have been so many rumours, I don't know if I can dispel all of them.
This is under investigation. Was a search warrant issued? We did a
search warrant, yes, and that would be normal protocol. Paisley Park is
very large, it is hard to say who could have given us permission to
process the scene, so we thought it would be safer and better for us to
get a search warrant on the front end to do that. The search warrant
hasn't been filed as of yet and it will be filed probably over the next
week and a half. INAUDIBLE To process the scene at Paisley
Park. I don't have a copy of the search warrant. Different offices do
different things sometimes -- sometimes preliminary results are
released. Are you going to have a preliminary report on any Pelo
information? The short answer is no. The explanation is that we are here
in the capacity of serving the Carver County Sheriff 's office as
part of their team -- LE per limb and information. We will get our
results and we will not any -- release any admission until the
results are complete -- preliminary investigation. It is up to the
Sheriff, what information he releases, whether it is preliminary
or when it is complete. INAUDIBLE His body was Willie is to his
family. -- was released to his family. Results are pending. What do
you expect the timeline to be? It may be days, depending on the type
of tests, but more likely weeks before we have the complete results
and then the medical Examiner's office will release it. How many
investigators do you have working on the case? We have got three, four
agencies working on this and they have a number of detectives working
on it. This is a very large... Let me rephrase it, this is a high
profile case for us. The county continues, life in the county goes
on and there are other cases that we have that we are currently working
on. I'm not sure how many detectives I have working specifically on this
case. The plane landed in Illinois. Was there anything unusual about
where he landed that you can talk about? I know as much about that
currently as you do from reading the paper. Let me address that. Speaking
on behalf of the Chief medical Examiner, when we say we are going
to be doing a complete exam, that not only includes the present state
of the body that is brought to us, but also the medical history of the
individual, the family medical history, so those things will be
encompassed in the medical Examiner's report that will be
delivered to the Sheriff. INAUDIBLE It will include his medical history,
his social history and his family's medical history as well. INAUDIBLE
I assumed they would request them as part of the investigation.
Absolutely, we have access to them. INAUDIBLE
At this moment we have not reached out to the BCA for assistance. The
family cooperating the investigation? I spoke to the family
and they are trying to keep many things quiet. I've had contact with
Prince's family and representatives and they have been very cooperative,
we haven't had any problems. You said there are no obvious signs of
trauma. That is where we will leave this press conference that is being
handled by Jim Balsillie and they represented from the medical
Examiner's office -- Jim Olsen. 29 hours after the death, the autopsy
is being carried out. The facts of the case are that the last time
Prince was seen alive was at 8am in the morning. He was found collapsed
in an elevator, CPR was attempted but there was no response. The
investigation continues and there are no obvious signs of trauma on
his body and no indication that this was a suicide attempt either.
As the debate over Britain's membership of the European Union
intensifies, everyone was waiting to hear how emphatic
President Barack Obama would be on the issue.
His response today was explosive as he urged Britain
in forthright terms to stick with the EU.
with David Cameron, Mr Obama warned that Britain would be "at the back
of the queue" for a bilateral trade deal with the US,
as President began with lunch with the Queen at Windsor Castle,
with the First Lady Michelle and the Duke of Edinburgh.
to Number Ten for a one-to-one with the British Prime Minister.
Mr Obama's intervention in the EU referendum debate has
brought sharp criticism from Leave campaigners.
Editor, John Pienaar, whose report contains some
When the president comes calling, he starts at the top.
Touch down at Windsor Castle for a private visit with the Queen.
Well, as private as these visits get.
The one place and person to whom Barack Obama defers.
Protocol rules, even for the president.
He is here not just as a courtesy on his farewell tour,
but to have his say on Britain's place in the world before
Now, which head of state is supposed to go in front?
Warmer than those wanting out of the EU were about to feel
about Barack Obama, especially after the business end
And in Downing Street, his welcome looked even warmer.
Not just because President and Prime Minister are quite good
friends, you could see that, but because the biggest star
in world politics was here to help David Cameron
in the fight of his life, keeping Britain in the EU
and in the process saving the Cameron premiership
President Obama took his chance and was not holding back.
I figured you might want to hear from the President
of the United States, what I think the
On that matter, for example, I think it is fair to say that maybe
at some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade
agreement, but not any time soon, because our focus is in negotiating
with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done.
And the UK is going to be in the back of the queue.
Toughest warning yet by far, and he was not sorry for saying it.
Ultimately, this is something the British voters have
But, as part of our special relationship, part of being friends
is to be honest, and to let you know what I think.
And speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision
is a matter of deep interest to the United States, because it
David Cameron could not have asked for more.
The out camp are convinced that he did.
Our collective power and reach is amplified by Britain's membership
When it comes to the special relationship between our countries,
there is no greater enthusiast than me.
I am very proud to have had the opportunity to be Prime Minister
and stand outside the White House listening to this man,
my friend Barack, say that the special relationship
between our countries has never been stronger.
But I've never felt constrained in any way in strengthening this
relationship by the fact that we are in the European Union.
Even before the president said a word, you somehow knew
something big was coming, bigger than Prince, the Beatles,
And what a show it is when Barack Obama comes to town.
In there, it is about international diplomacy, high-stakes politics.
Out here, forget the rain, it feels like a crowd at a rock
concert, people have come to get a glance at a president more popular
than any politician here even in their dreams.
But can Barack Obama win minds as well as hearts?
If you did not know these two were close, you know now.
One of them, Boris Johnson, even doubted whether the president
he called "part-Kenyan" had British interests at heart.
I think it is perverse that we are being urged
by the United States to embroil ourselves ever more deeply
in a system where our laws, 60% of them now emanate from the EU,
when the United States would not dream of subjugating itself in any
way to any other international jurisdiction.
Side-by-side, shoulder to shoulder, Barack Obama has
The fight for Britain's future still lies in the balance and that
will decide whether the dramatic support David Cameron's closest
friend and ally has given today is remembered as a prize trophy
It is that time of the day to look at what weather stories
It is that time of the day to look at what weather stories have been
dominating the headlines around the world and unfortunately we've seen
quite a significant landslide in north-east