Doctor prescribed meds for Prince in another name
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 5:49
The Minneapolis Star Tribune last August quoted a source with knowledge of the investigation as saying that pills seized by investigators at Prince's home were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl.
No prescriptions were found for fentanyl - a powerful drug that is 50 times stronger than heroin.
Prince died from an accidental overdose at his Paisley Park home on April 21, 2016, surrounded by "a sizeable amount" of narcotic painkillers that he didn't have prescriptions for.
One key figure investigators want to interview is Kirk Johnson, a longtime drummer for Prince and the estate manager at Paisley Park who was among those who discovered the musician's body.
Nearly a year after his death, the search warrant and affidavits from investigators have been released.
Most fatal opioid overdoses that are investigated never lead to criminal charges, said Kerry Harvey, a former USA attorney for eastern Kentucky who made prosecuting such cases a high priority.
Many pills were inside a suitcase with the name tag "Peter Bravestrong" - an alias used by the singer.
The suitcase also contained the lyrics for "U got the Look", which appeared to be in Prince's handwriting. Investigators found no prescriptions for fentanyl in Prince's name. Deputies attempted CPR but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
On the day of Prince's death, investigators found prescription medication kept in bottles of vitamins and over-the-counter painkillers strewn throughout his apartment.
Kornfeld, a pre-med student, was one of the three people who found Prince at his Paisley Park studio on April 21.
"In his almost 19 years of practice, Dr. Schulenberg has provided the highest level of care to his many patients and has earned a reputation for being a caring and responsible physician", the statement continued. His lawyer Amy Conners said last week that there are no restrictions on his licence. Authorities have not yet brought any criminal charges in his death.
The documents suggest Prince was struggling with prescription opioid addiction. That was the same day that Prince's plane, on a flight to Minnesota following a performance in Atlanta, had made an emergency landing near Chicago.
Prince had a history of going through withdrawals, which were believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication. Kornfeld can not clear his schedule to fly to Minnesota immediately, so he sends his son, Andrew, on an overnight flight.
Johnson told investigators he was "unaware Prince was addicted to pain medication".
But by the time Andrew Kornfeld arrived at the singer's Paisley Park complex on the morning of April 21, it was too late.
"The oxycodone in this case is only tangential to the whole case", Tamburino said. She represented a doctor who was acquitted of all charges, including false name allegations, in the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the Playboy model and reality TV star who died of an accidental overdose in 2007.