Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids
- Author: Ernesto Newman Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:07
But there was a prescription for the opioid painkiller oxycodone written for Kirk Johnson, Prince's bodyguard. The search was made to determine how Prince obtained the fentanyl among other drugs that it was discovered he was using at the time.
Court documents unsealed on Monday (US time) as part of the investigation into his death found that none of the medications in Prince's home were prescribed to him.
Many were shocked to hear that the legendary entertainer had an addiction to painkillers and now newly unsealed courts documents are painting an even more terrible picture about Prince's dependency on his medication.
A message left with Schulenberg's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
In one of the toxicology reports, it was shown that Prince died due to a fentanyl overdose and as of now, the authorities aimed to focus their investigation as to who was the source of such drug which caused his death. It was later reported that Prince was treated with drugs that combat drug overdoses. They still don't know the origin of those drugs and there has been no indication that they are poised to hold anyone responsible anytime soon.
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. "Investigators also noted that the 'Peter Bravestrong" suitcase contained handwritten lyrics for Prince's song "U Got the Look".
Numerous opioid painkillers were found throughout his house, mostly in Ziploc bags and envelopes. Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners, said in a statement that Schulenberg never prescribed opioids to Prince directly nor to another person with the intent of giving them to the singer.
Investigators are trying to figure out to what extant Johnson helped Prince hide his addiction. While, according to Conners, he has not been interviewed by investigators since the day Prince died. But none of these pills were prescribed to Prince.
Prince may have been trying to put an end to his addiction; investigators found pamphlets about getting off opioids, according to The Daily Mail.
The investigation into Prince's death remains "active". The 57-year-old songster kept at his complex the polls labelled "Watson 853" - the opioid painkiller acetaminophen-hydrocodone.
Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose.
That narrative is slowly beginning to change. 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".
On another occasion, within weeks of their 1996 wedding, Garcia said she was informed that Prince was in the hospital and had to have his stomach pumped.
And the former attorney for two of Prince's dead siblings says they had revealed Prince had an addiction to Percocet decades ago.