Prince death: Documents reveal illegal pill addiction
Prince death: Documents reveal illegal pill addiction
A year on, few answers from probe into Prince's death
20 April, 2017, 00:10
Johnson went to a local Walgreens to pick up three prescriptions issued by Dr. Schulenberg for drugs often used to treat anxiety, on the day of Prince's death.
Prince, 57, was found dead at the complex on April 21, 2016.
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.
Messages left with attorneys for Schulenberg and Johnson weren't immediately returned Monday.
Search warrants unsealed Monday by investigators looking into Prince'soverdose death almost a year ago said Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed opioids to Prince but put them in the name of Prince confidant Kirk Johnson. Authorities later said he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug.
Paisley Park is scheduled to host four days of concerts, tours and other events beginning on Thursday, for the one-year anniversary of Prince's death.
Numerous opioid painkillers were found throughout his house, mostly in Ziploc bags and envelopes. She said in a statement that Schulenberg "never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince".
The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted California addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld for help.
The documents say some of the drugs in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name "Peter Bravestrong" on it. Police believe Bravestrong was an alias that Prince used when he traveled.
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.
On Monday, however, Schulenberg denied prescribing Prince any medication.
It has recently been revealed that Prince kept opioids in aspirin bottles around his home to hide his addiction. Andrew told authorities that his father did not know about the controlled substances he had brought with him to give to Prince that would help him. He and five others were searching for Prince when Kornfeld said he heard a scream.
The unsealed documents confirmed reports from law enforcement sources a year ago that multiple prescription painkillers were found in Prince's home, belying his public reputation for living a clean and healthy vegan lifestyle.
Prince's body was later cremated.
Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose.
Almost everyone who was close to Prince - and who has been willing to speak to the media - said they never saw him taking any drugs. She said she didn't question what they were. They divorced in 2000.
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