Prince death: Opioid painkillers found at singer's home

Prince died on Thursday 21 April 2016 after an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, which is usually prescribed to patients who have built up a resistance to other painkillers, and the newly released warrants, executed in the days after Prince's death a year ago, reveal that his home was also full of pamphlets on opioid addiction, as well as a pamphlet on how to be weaned off of drugs.

Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard's name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday. A search of the Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program showed that Prince had no prescriptions issued under his name, and that Johnson only had that one, the warrant said.

Hill revealed that she would communicate with Prince by phone and email, using a Gmail address with the name "Peter Bravestrong", a pseudonym he often used to hide his identity while travelling, People.com reported.

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

Johnson, who was also head of Paisley Park security, also told them that Prince reported "not feeling well" in the hours before he died, the documents said. The drug is considered highly potent and addictive and is prescribed to patients who have become tolerant of other opioids for pain relief. The "numerous narcotic controlled substance pills" were discovered in various containers, including vitamin bottles. 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.

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.

Joe Tamburino, a Minnesota defense attorney who is not associated with the Prince case, said while Schulenberg and Johnson could face charges if the allegations are true, it's unlikely state or federal prosecutors would pursue them. He went to Paisley Park on April 21 - the day Prince was found - to drop off test results, he said.

In the search warrants, detectives allege Schulenberg admitted to meeting with Prince and prescribing Clonidine, Hydroxyzine Pamoate, and Diazepam. They also give some insights into the day on which the legendary musician passed away and the circumstances of the weeks leading up to his death on April 21, 2016.

Prince was 57 when he was found unresponsive in a lift at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis last April.

The New York Time reports that warrants and affidavits from the ongoing investigation into Prince's death were unsealed on Monday. He also states that he never prescribed them to any other individual with the intent that the pills would be given to Prince, reports NBC News.

No one yet has been charged for Prince's death, but the mystery of who supplied Prince with drugs and how long had he been taking them continues to vex his fans. They noted in court records that those who were present at the home that morning "provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements". Investigators later learned that she had been involved in a romantic relationship with Prince since fall of 2014.

  • Salvatore Jensen