Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Prince. According to latest reports, the police have pried open Prince’s vault.
According to ABC News, it was drilled open by Bremer Trust, the bank appointed the administrator of Prince’s estate, in order for them to take an inventory of its contents. They report that the only way to get into the vault was to drill it open as Prince was the only person who knew the code.
PRIZED VAULT FORCED OPEN
During the 80s, the star’s most prolific era, the platinum-selling rebel hid recordings from his record label Warner Bros in his vault.
Earlier this week, when reporting on claims Prince was murdered, we said to keep an eye on who comes calling to break into the vault as it could be very revealing.
THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE
According to reports, there is enough produced music in the vault to release an album per year for the next century. Astonishingly, it is believed there are even 50 songs that have music videos accompanying them.
Earlier this week a Minnesota judge appointed the bank to ‘safeguard the estate’, and scheduled a probate hearing after Prince’s sister Tyka said he left no known will. Who the bank will prove to be serving – Prince, or the music industry hell hounds, his sworn enemies? – only time will tell.
DETECTIVES REFUSING TO RULE OUT HOMICIDE CHARGES
The parallels with Michael Jackson’s death are eerily strong. Prescription painkillers were in the singer’s possession following his sudden death, officials confirmed. A law enforcement official confirmed to The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether icon died of a drug overdose caused by a doctor, in a case that would mirror the way Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Who will wrest control of Prince’s enormous back catalogue and prodigious vault stash now he is dead? Will Warner Brothers buy the rights to his music from his heirs in a cut-price fire sale, the same way Sony got their hands on Michael Jackson’s catalogue after his death?
PAISLEY PARK SEARCHED SECRETLY
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a search warrant was obtained in relation to the home of Prince shortly after he died, court documents show.
The musician’s Minneapolis home and recording studio, Paisley Park, was searched on 21 April, the day he died. But authorities won a court order on Thursday to keep the warrant sealed, arguing that making it public would hamper their work.
(Yournewswire.com, Consequenceofsound.net, Newsoxy.com, Abcnews.go.com)