Prince: Purple Rain star's Paisley Park home found 'LITTERED' with pills
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 6:32
Search warrants unsealed Monday by investigators looking into Prince's overdose death almost a year ago said that Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed opioids to Prince but put them in the name of Prince confidante Kirk Johnson. Some were in prescription bottles for Kirk Johnson, Prince's longtime friend and associate. And that he admitted to taking "1-2 pain pills". No one has been charged in relation to Prince's death, but the investigation is ongoing.
According to the post-mortem report, Prince self-administered fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin.
Despite the search warrants which reveal Prince's access to other controlled substances, investigators still haven't traced the source of the Fentanyl that killed him, according to the latest search warrants filed last September.
Johnson especially was inconsistent with his statements to police, saying he didn't know Prince was addicted to painkillers, even though he reached out to a noted rehabilitation clinic ays earlier regarding the singer's addiction.
A year ago this week, the artist Prince was found dead at Paisley Park, his home, studio, and party space in the Minneapolis suburb of Chaska.
The music icon died on Thursday 21st April 2016 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57.
According to the same warrant, witnesses claimed Prince had recently suffered withdrawals, "believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medicine". The toxicology report shows that Fentanyl was found in his system and that there were no other significant conditions that led to his death.
And now, never-before-seen search warrants have revealed that officers searching the Purple Rain singer's home found that it was littered with containers of different pills.
Lyrics for the song, "U Got the Look", were also found in that suitcase, written in Prince's handwriting.
CNN's attempts to reach Johnson on Monday were not immediately successful.
Schulenberg told detectives he put that prescription in Johnson's name for Prince's privacy. Going by his father's directions, Kornfeld flew to Paisley Park to talk to Prince about rehabilitation and the possibility of treatment in San Franscisco.
And, experts say, prosecutors and investigators don't want to lose a high-profile case such as Prince's likely increasing their caution. "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". The investigation also delved into Dr. Michael Schulenberg, who had begun treating Prince on April 7, 2016 - just weeks before his death. 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.
A doctor who saw Prince in the days before he died had prescribed oxycodone under the name of Prince's friend to protect the musician's privacy, according to an affidavit unsealed Monday.