Painkiller prescribed for Prince in another name

Apr 18, 2017, 01:16

FILE - In this February 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami.

Musician Prince was found dead aged 57 at his Minnesota estate just days after being rushed to hospital.

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. Almost a year after Prince died from an accidental d.

Prince's protégée Judith Hill also confirmed to police she spoke to Prince via land line or email, exclusively. The official cause of death was given as an accidental, self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

Advocates of the drug say the opiate can help addicted patients by offering pain relief with reduced possibility of overdose and addiction. First responders revived him with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Authorities conducted a second search more than two weeks after Prince died and recovered more evidence, including numerous counterfeit pills, the official said.

The documents showed that some of the prescriptions were made out in the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's bodyguard, to safeguard "Prince's privacy".

The records also describe a large quantity of narcotics scattered throughout Paisley Park, despite Prince's reputation as being vehemently anti-drug.

Dr Michael Tod Schulenburg, who saw him on April 7 and again on April 20, admitted to prescribing the drug on the same day as the emergency landing.

A message left with Schulenberg's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Dr Schulenberg has an active medical licence and is now practising family medicine in Minnesota. His attorney, Amy Conners, told the AP last week that there are no restrictions on his license.

While authorities have the power to ask a grand jury to investigate and issue subpoenas for testimony, that step hasn't been taken, the official said.

The newly unsealed documents state that Prince's famed Paisley Park home and studios, where he was discovered unresponsive, were searched, along with cellphone records and emails of the artist and his team, to determine where he got the fentanyl that resulted in his death, among other drugs he was taking at the time.

Information in the warrants also revealed that investigators found a suitcase containing several prescription bottles in the name of Johnson, who told investigators previous year that the singer had been struggling with opiate use.

TMZ also reports that the late musician may have used an alias - Peter Bravestrong - to fill his prescriptions. Those medications had been brought from California by Andrew Kornfeld, whose father Howard operates an addiction recovery clinic. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, to Minnesota that night, and the younger Kornfeld was among those who found Prince's body.

The documents don't say where Prince got the fentanyl that killed him, which was obtained illegally and not by prescription.

"The last thing law enforcement wants to do is to potentially have to immunize somebody who could be the only target of the investigation", former federal prosecutor Jeff Cramer said. Authorities haven't yet charged anyone in the case.

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