Prince docs reveal prescription drugs in confidant's name
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 28, 2017,
Apr 28, 2017, 9:23
According to the Minnesota authorities, some pills discovered at Prince's estate had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard.
The legendary musician, who died of an opioid overdose on April 21 of previous year, was back in the headlines Monday after recently unsealed court documents provided more clues about the circumstances surrounding his death. Zofran, a medication taken to lessen the effects of opioid withdrawal, was found in a container that was labeled for Vitamin D. Prince often used the name Peter Bravestrong as an alias. Documents indicate those pills were not prescribed by Doctor Schulenberg.
The recently unsealed warrants also revealed the fact that Prince was in a romantic relationship with a former contestant on The Voice.
Andrew Kornfeld was carrying buprenorphine, a medication that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.
In this April 6, 2017, photo, fan artwork of Prince hangs on a new memorial fence in the parking lot of Paisley Park Museum, the former home and recording complex of the late superstar in Chanhassen, Minn. Almost a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him.
Prince's death scene was riddled with pills strewn around his home ... this according to search warrants just released by Minnesota authorities.
That some Prince confidants or doctors haven't been interviewed shouldn't necessarily raise red flags, Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago-based criminal lawyer, said. Johnson would reportedly contact a doctor on Prince's behalf when he needed medication for his chronic hip pain; the doctor would then write prescriptions in Johnson's name.
Investigators spoke with one of Prince's previous bodyguards who said the singer was very untrusting of cell phones, after his cell phone was hacked and his personal information was stolen.
The B12 detail was included in a detective's affidavit seeking one of the search warrants. "After reviewing the search warrants and affidavits released today, we believe that it is clear that Kirk Johnson did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince's death", he said in a statement to PEOPLE. She also denied he ever prescribed opioids to any other person with the intent they be given to Prince. Documents show that Dr. Michael Schulenberg told a detective that he prescribed oxycodone to Prince on April 14, 2016, but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson's name for Prince's privacy.
Just six days earlier, Prince fell ill on a plane and made an emergency stop in IL as he was returning home from a concert in Atlanta.
Lyrics for the song, "U Got the Look", were also found in that suitcase, written in Prince's handwriting. The search warrants do not reveal any findings of fentanyl, the powerful opioid that medical officials say killed Prince last April. In a new memoir called "The Most Beautiful", Prince's first wife, Mayte Garcia, said she never saw him take drugs, but she did say the singer once asked her to go up to his hotel room and "flush some pills".