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in ohio. at or running around loose. >> thank you for waiting. >> have a great night. breaking news tonight. cause of death, an autopsy now complete on music legend prince, as questions over why he died so suddenly at 57. fans around the world mourn the loss of an icon. a massive manhunt for the person or people responsible for killing eight famy members execution style. controversial visit. the obamas dine with the royals and meet prince george. but their trip sparking anger in a battle over britain's future. money for retirement from
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latest details. >> reporter: tonight there are no official conclusions about how and why music ledge independent prince died, but lots of questions, a mystery much like his mystique. >> there were no obvious signs of trauma on his body at all. we have no reason to believe at this point this was a suicide. >> reporter: today the singer's body moved to the medical examiner's office in this van. the last week of the singer's life was a mix of the usual and the unusual. thursday, april 14th, prince performs two shows in atlanta, apologizing to fans for having postponed concerts there the week before. nbc news has learned from a source with direct knowledge of the incident that the plane made a rapid descent for an emergency landing in moline, illinois, and that the pilot radioed for medical assistance for an unresponsive male. prince was admitted to a local hospital. his reps said he was suffering from the flu. by 12:45 that
in minneapolis. and the very next day hosting a late-night dance party. fast forward to thursday, april 21st, 9:43 a.m. sheriff's deputies respond to a 911 call from an unidentified male at paisley park. we have someone who is unconscious, he says. an ambulance dispatcher makes a call. but seconds later, you can cancel anybody going, confirmed doa. prince, 57 years old, declared dead at 10:07 in the morning. what was he like when he was not working? >> working. >> reporter: sheila e. is former fiancee, among those shocked and stunned. >> what he left his legacy was his music, and how it has touched almost everyone, you know, in some kind of way. >> reporter: today
helped other people. he did it as this silent angel. >> reporter: online, speculation has swirled after tmz posted unverified reports that the singer overdosed and published a picture of a man who said is prince outside a drugstore. >> the prince i know was like super healthy, vegan, wasn't an abuser of drugs, wasn't an abuser of alcohol. >> reporter: meanwhile, tributes flow unabated, as an entertainment giant who stood only 5'2" is remembered for the music, the moves, the marvel who was prince. officials say it could be a few more weeks before a final report into his death is released. in the meantime, funeral plans are still pending tonight. >> ron, a lot of purple there behind you. thank you. news out of ohio tonight, after eight members of the same family were killed execution style at four locations. tonight there's high anxiety in the region where police warn the killer or killers are
and dangerous. nbc's gabe gutierrez is there. >> reporter: the four crime scenes span some 30 miles in rural ohio. tonight eight members of this same family are dead. >> each one of the victims appears to have been executed. each one of the victims appears to be shot in the head. >> reporter: sheriff's deputies got the first call just before 8:00 this morning, reporting blood in one of the houses. they soon found seven adults and one 16-year-old boy, dead, in four separate homes. three children ranging in age from just 4 days old to 3 years, survived the killings. >> this is just -- it's heartbreaking. you know, the one mom apparently was killed in her bed with the 4-day-old right there. >> reporter: authorities say preliminary information suggests none of the dead committed suicide, leading police to warn residents that a killer could be on the loose.
or persons out that ar d e armed, are very dangerous. >> reporter: ohio governor and presidential candidate john kasich called the killings tragic beyond comprehension. this small community is stunned. >> we're praying for the family. we're trying to lift up the family. we'll do anything that we can to reach out and comfort them. >> reporter: tonight the exact motive is unclear. but investigators say it appears this family was targeted. late today, authorities confirmed that the victims were part of the roaden family. now dozens of investigators have descended here on rural pike county to solve this mystery. lester? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. turning overseas to the uk, where president obama faces a backlash after he and the first lady were welcomed by britain's royal family today. we get details from nbc's kiera sim mops.
friends, the president and first lady with william, kate and harry. earlier the queen greeting obama as he stepped off marine one. the president in the front seat, her majesty in the back, her husband driving them all. >> i have to say, i have never been driven by a duke of edinboro before. and i can report that it was very smooth riding. >> reporter: but tonight the president sparking controversy, taking sides in a critical upcoming vote here over whether britain should leave the european union. >> the united kingdom is at its best when it's helping to lead a strong europe. >> reporter: standing with prime minister david cameron, warning britain outside europe won't have the same economic relationship with the u.s. >> the uk is going to be in the back of the cube. >> reporter: the comments causing a backlash in newspapers, and on television. it was an astonishing intervention.
little menacing. the outspoken mayor of london, boris johnston, accusing the hypocrisy. >> it's something to which the americans would never submit their own democracy. >> reporter: even questioning whether the, quote, part kenyan president has an ancestral dislike of the british empire. other lawmakers calling those comments racist. the president's message for america's friends here in britain was tough today, but underscores washington's deep fear that another crisis in europe is looming. lester? >> all right, thank you. britain has issued a warning to citizens traveling to the u.s. over new laws in the south that critics say discriminate, like north carolina's law governing which bathrooms transgender people must use. president obama in the uk today slammed that law. while donald trump is raising eyebrows with new comments about the controversy. nbc's halle jackson has more on all of
>> reporter: after a warm welcome in england, president obama promising the same to british gay lesbian travelers heading to mississippi and north carolina, after the uk warned of new laws seen by lgbt advocates as discriminatory. >> the laws that have been passed there are wrong, and should be overturned. >> reporter: the president weighing in overseas on what's become a political fire sdorm here at home. >> guess who's ranked the ranks of the pc police. >> reporter: ted cruz taking aim at donald trump's criticism of a transgender bathroom ban. >> this is political correctness run amok. >> reporter: cruz, using trump's comments to try to boost his own conservative credentials, while hitting his rivals with a new polling showing 64% of republicans support the ban. but some of trump's backers aren't bothered by it. >> i think everybody,
your own thing. >> reporter: a trump top aide telling nbc news, the senator is simply trying to stay relevant. trump himself, not backing down. >> local communities and states should make the decision. and i feel very stongly about that. >> reporter: while trump is considered one of the more friendly lgbt friendly candidates, he has not mentioned it tonight at his rally in delaware. >> halle jackson, thank you. a sting and disturbing trend to report tonight. suicide in this highest levels in according to a new report by the cdc, as nbc's kristen dahlgren reports, the increase was especially sharp among girls and women. >> reporter: when ten students committed suicide over a six-year span in palo alto, california, the centers for disease control sent the teams to investigate. >> i knew one of the victims personally. this shouldn't be an issue among people our
>> reporter: but it is an issue. according to a new national report by the cdc. the number of suicides in the u.s. increasing since 1999, in every age group from 10 to 74. at the university of pennsylvania this month, the tenth student committed suicide in just three years. while men still had the highest suicide rates, some of the largest increases were among girls 10 to 14. the suicide rate was up three-fold. the report offered no explanations. but suicide researchers say social media may play a role. >> i think that there may be more situations where bullying is occurring, for example. and vulnerable kids then might start thinking about wanting to die. >> reporter: researchers say girls are also hitting puberty sooner. >> the reason that's important is most of the comments i get are that conditions happen once puberty starts. >> reporter: doctors
for warning signs. discussing suicide or despair, withdrawal and isolation, and changes in mood or anxiety. in palo alto, these teens made a documentary to try to help classmates. >> stigma surrounding mental health, and we want to encourage hope. >> reporter: because for so many now, the suicide rate is much more than a statistic. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. on this earth day, the u.s. was among 175 countries that signed a landmark paris agreement on climate change. here in california, there's good news to report, as this state deals with a water crisis brought on by years of drought, though not all areas are recovering. national correspondent miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: the results are in. >> a depth of snow of 58.4 inches. >> reporter: the critical sierra snow pack is just shy of the historic average. this year reason to
last year, the same measuring station was dirt and dust. the change in landscape is so dramatic, california's biggest reservoirs are releasing water for the first time in five years. >> it's come up as much as 5 to 10 feet in a day. >> dramatic rise. >> absolutely. >> reporter: this was the lake last spring. miles of bone-dry shoreline in 2015, exposed the lake bed, valleys and canyons. today, it's approaching capacity. with fresh water pouring in every day. we're right above a mound we were standing on last year. take a look at this side-by-side comparison. it's now 100 feet underwater. what a difference. as the snow pack continues to melt into the spring, the water level here will rise. reservoirs in northern california are filling up fast. a powerful el nino fueling the deluge.
end of the state, mostly a bust. less rain here means much of the golden state is still brown. >> there's no time for complacency. that would be a big mistake. >> reporter: while some of the west has gone from bleak to better, officials say to truly bust the drought, we'll need several years of wet winters, and history proves when it comes to water, the future here is always uncertain. miguel almaguer, nbc news, orville, california. and still ahead as we continue tonight after years of warning about the risks of reverse mortgages, why experts now say it may be a smart strategy, if you haven't saved enough for re 250ir789. also, a teenage shooting survivor speaks exclusively to nbc news about her miraculous recovery every insurance policy has a number. but not every insurance company understands the life behind it. for those who've served and the families that
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to fans, music that's now cutting through the sorrow outside of prince's palace. >> i knew purple rain, i knew crazy. >> reporter: they called it the minneapolis sound, but really it was universal. >> i just want your extra time. >> reporter: music that defied genre, and united generations. now reflected in tributes across the country. purple rain purple rain purple rain purple rain >> reporter: with prince's death, we now even purple rain can bring a flood of tears. >> i took it for granted that he would be here. >> reporter: then,