New Documents Released Reveal More About The Death of Prince
Unsealed court documents released today states that opioid painkillers were discovered in multiple locations in Prince’s Paisley Park estate in the aftermath of this death. The artist died nearly one year ago on April 21, 2016, of what was later reported to be an overdose of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.
Fentanyl is similar to heroin but can be up to 50 times more powerful.
According to a search warrant, Prince’s physician Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg stated he wrote an oxycodone prescription for the artist under the name “Kirk Johnson” for privacy reasons. Those of you familiar with Prince may know that Kirk Johnson is the artist’s estate manager and long time friend.
Schulenberg arrived at Paisley Park after the artist’s body was found, slumped over in an elevator.
A search warrant issued April 21, 2016, on the day of Prince’s death states that several pills marked “Watson 853” and “A-349” in different bottles were discovered. The former was Vicodin, the latter Percocet.
The New York Times reported today:
“At the time of Prince’s death, his Paisley Park home and recording compound were strewn with “a sizable amount” of narcotic painkillers for which he did not have prescriptions, including some hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles…”
Also, the warrant stated that witnesses told the investigators that the artist “recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication.” Last August, the Minneapolis Star Tribune cited an inside source as saying that pills found by investigators in the estate were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained the drug fentanyl.
Although no one has yet been charged for involvement Prince’s death, information pulled from the search warrants is starting to reveal more about the investigation’s focus, which is, according to authorities, still active.
There are many unanswered questions surrounding this case, such as who supplied the fentanyl that led to his death, and did he even know what he was taking? If investigators discover who supplied the fentanyl, it is likely that the suspect will be facing charges in connection to the death of Prince.
~G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psycholgy: