Who Helped Kill Prince – Doctor or Drug Dealer? Investigators Want To Know
It’s been more than five months since the much-beloved artist Prince was found dead in his estate, which just opened to the public today. Later, toxicology reports revealed that he died of a fatal overdose, due to the potent opioid fentanyl. But questions still remain, and investigators have been working to find out how and where, exactly, Prince had been obtaining his drugs.
Of course, there are really just two main theories: one, doctors were illegally or over-prescribed drugs to Prince. Two, the drugs that ultimately killed him were obtained on the black market through a drug dealer The law enforcement official who came forward with this information asked to remain anonymous, as the person was unauthorized to speak publicly about the investigation.
As if we thought the Michael Jackson comparisons would ever end…
Basically, someone is at fault for supplying the deadly drug fentanyl to Prince, and law enforcement want to know just who that person or persons is. If they find the suspect, there is a strong likelihood he or she will be charged for the crime. However, throughout the investigation, authorities have remained tight-lipped.
Investigations of this kind can be complex, and rumors surrounding the death of a public figure as huge as Prince are often unhelpful. What may be helpful, however, are emails, documents, and financial records. Typically, investigators follow the money, so to speak, to find out who was getting paid.
High-profile cases such as this may be prosecuted in federal court, not at the state level. Charges in this case may include opioid distribution resulting in a death, or even 3rd degree murder. In any case, if the culprit is identified, he or she could face at least 20 years in prison.
The drug that killed Prince, fentanyl, is a powerful opioid 100 times more potent than morphine. While it is a legal painkiller, it is rarely used as such. It is more often used in hospitals as a sedative for surgery.
But as to whether he obtained it legally, that’s another question. These days fentanyl is often found on the street, easily obtained by a drug dealer. It is frequently combined with or substituted for heroin. Another anonymous official told the Associated Press back in August that a bottle of pills was found in Prince’s possession. The bottle was marked as generic Vicodin – however, in fact the pills contained within were later identified as fentanyl.
Also, tellingly, that official stated no prescriptions for a controlled substance had been written for Prince in at least a year. However, this may contradict earlier reports than Prince was seen pacing around in a pharmacy the night before he died.
Like any prescription drug, fentanyl can be obtained from a legitimate source and passed on. Prescriptions can be forged, and patients can sell or give their drugs to someone else.
Fentanyl has been responsible for many recent overdose deaths in the U.S. – Prince was certainly not the first, nor the last. However, his influence and notoriety has brought further attention to the opioid epidemic, which also includes other prescription narcotics, as well as heroin.
In fact, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly, and those who manufacture the drug illicitly in clandestine labs are not terribly concerned with the potency of each individual pill or batch. These pills are often sold as Oxycontin or Xanax, so the buyer often doesn’t know what they are getting. Given the mislabeled bottle in Prince’s possession, he may have thought he was taking Vicodin.
It’s possible that Prince’s drug dealer may not have known what he had was fentanyl. Regardless, if that person is found, criminal charges will still be on the table.
There is a third possibility – Prince ordered the drugs online himself through the dark web. However, investigators have not stated that this is an avenue they are currently pursuing, although it does fall under the term “black market.” If it turns out this is the case, there may be no clear offender or drug dealer at fault.
At any rate, identifying the source of an illegal drug can be very difficult. Origins of the drug could reach as far as Mexico, China, and elsewhere.
Moreover, based on a few tidbits of information, it is starting to appear that Prince may have obtained these drugs illegally, although that is still be no means certain. Comparisons to Michael Jackson’s similar untimely death due to drug overdose led many to believe early on that a doctor was responsible. In connection to Jackson’s death, his physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served two years in prison.
Prince’s overdose death came as a great shock to many, even those close to him. He had a reputation for clean living, but may have gotten addicted to opioids after suffering a series of hip and knee problems, presumably caused by his notable, high-impact on-stage performances.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A, Psychology
Written In Loving Memory of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016) with the deepest respect. He was a man of unprecedented musical talent who impacted generations of fans. His tragic death did not suit his life. Still, his music and legacy are forever.