How Prince hid his deadly painkiller drug addiction
An autopsy showed Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, another drug in the opioid family.
According to court documents, Kirk Johnson went to Walgreen's and picked up Prince's prescription medication, prescribed in his name.
A search also turned up other "numerous narcotic controlled substance pills" in various containers, including vitamin bottles, some of which were prescribed to the musician's bodyguard. His publicist reassured fans that the 57-year-old star was fine, but a May 6 search warrant said investigators spoke to a witness who said Prince was rushed to a hospital because he was unconscious, and that the singer had admitted to taking one or two pain pills. One affidavit states that the doctor met with Prince and prescribed him three sedatives: clonidine, hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam.
Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21. Kornfeld calls 911 at 9:43 a.m. Emergency responders arrive five minutes later and pronounce him dead at 10:07 a.m. Schulenberg arrives at some point before police show up and tells an investigator that he was there to deliver test results to Prince, according to a search warrant.
According to the documents, Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed Prince Oxycodone a week before his death.
An attorney for Johnson says Johnson "did not secure nor supply" the drugs that caused Prince's death.
About a week before his death, Prince's private jet made an emergency landing early April 15 in Moline, Illinois, on the way back from a performance in Atlanta. Last August, the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted a source with knowledge of the investigation as saying that pills seized inside the compound by investigators were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl.
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But he "put the prescription in Kirk Johnson's name for Prince's privacy".
Jason Kamerud, chief deputy for the Carver County Sheriff's Office, told NPR this afternoon that "no one has been charged, and the investigation is ongoing".
As for Dr. Schulenberg, he left his job at North Memorial Medical Center almost three weeks after Prince's death.
Martinez said she could not comment on whether the board is investigating Schulenberg's treatment of Prince. Authorities later said he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug.
The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted California addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld for help.
Joe Tamburino is not associated with the Prince case. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, to Minnesota that night, and the younger Kornfeld was among those who found Prince's body. Andrew Kornfeld was carrying buprenorphine, a medication that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.
Some of the drugs in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name Peter Bravestrong on it - believed to be an alias he used when travelling. The official who spoke to the AP said the case has taken investigators to IL and California, as authorities have interviewed friends, family and any potential witnesses, including the flight crew and hospital staff that were present when Prince overdosed on the plane. The Kornfelds' attorney, William Mauzy, has said Andrew had meant to give the medication to a doctor who planned to see Prince on April 21.
Painkiller prescribed for Prince in another name
The documents also say some of the drugs in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name "Peter Bravestrong" on it. Investigators have said little publicly about the case over the a year ago , other than it is active.
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