Police obtain warrant to search Prince’s home

Latest development comes just hours after prescription drugs were found at the time of singer's death

A warrant has been granted to search Prince‘s Paisley Park home.

An autopsy was carried out last Friday (April 22), but no immediate cause of death was determined, with coroners claiming their decision was pending the results of further tests.

A judge in Carver County has now issued the sheriff’s request for a search warrant, allowing them to re-enter Paisley Park, where they will allegedly look for evidence of drugs, prescriptions or other information which may help their case.

The judge also agreed to seal the documents detailing the reason for the search warrant for six months, or until the start of any criminal case, due to concerns of evidence tampering, reports TMZ.

Explaining their request to keep the information confidential, officials wrote: “Premature disclosure of the details provided in the search warrant and its accompanying documents may compromise this law enforcement investigation by causing the search or related searches to be unsuccessful.”

Earlier today (April 28), police confirmed Prince was found with prescription painkillers at the time of his death. It is not known whether the drugs had any part in Prince’s death. 

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Meanwhile, Jason Kamerud, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, has dismissed rumours suggesting agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have been called in to assist with the investigation into the icon’s death.

Prince’s lawyer was previously forced to deny reports that the singer died of a drug overdose.

Since his death, tributes to Prince have ranged far and wide with President Barack Obama stating: “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.