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Painkiller prescribed for Prince in another name

18 April 2017
Painkiller prescribed for Prince in another name

Police were summoned to the artist's Paisley Park estate after he was found dead in an elevator on the morning of April 21, 2016. Autopsy results showed he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin. Some bottles were labeled as though they contained acetaminophen and hydrocodone, and one of these bottles contained fentanyl, "implying it was counterfeit", the Associated Press reported.

While returning to Minneapolis, Prince's private plane makes an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., about 1:15 a.m. after he overdoses on opioids, according to a source.

In the suitcase next to Prince's bed, detectives found at least two bottles with pills prescribed under Johnson's name: the anti-nausea drug ondansetron hydrochloride in a Vitamin D bottle, and the painkiller Percocet in a bottle labeled ondansetron. The bottles were under his bodyguard Kirk Johnson's name.

According to a search warrant, Schulenberg told authorities he saw Prince on April 7 and April 20, and prescribed medications for Prince to be picked up at a Walgreen's pharmacy.

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On Monday, search warrants executed by local authorities are due to be unsealed, likely including one from the first search of Paisley Park.

"Many of those areas where the pills were located would be places Prince would frequent, such as his bedroom and wardrobe/laundry room", one document said.

The newly unsealed records show that Prince's associates told investigators that he had been struggling with opioid abuse and sometimes went through withdrawals. Dr. Schulenberg has previously disclosed all information regarding his care and treatment of Prince to his former employer, law enforcement authorities and regulatory authorities in the course of his complete cooperation with the investigation of Prince's death.

Kornfeld, a pre-med student, was one of the three people who found Prince at his Paisley Park studio on April 21.

Almost everyone who was close to Prince - and who has been willing to speak to the media - said they never saw him taking any drugs.

Lyrics for the song, "U Got the Look", were also found in that suitcase, written in Prince's handwriting.

Schulenberg is no longer working for the health care system connected to the clinic, but the health care system won't say why and his attorney declined to comment.

The specialist, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, couldn't get there immediately so he sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, on an overnight flight to Minnesota.

A longtime friend of Prince, Kirk Johnson was a drummer and the estate manager at Paisley Park.

Prince's assistant told investigators they "had arranged a meeting between Prince and medical professionals to assess and address Prince's medical concerns", the search warrant states.

Investigators have said little about the case over the past year, other than it is active.