Fourth Estate Staff
Chanhassen, MN, United States (4E) – New documents were unsealed regarding the death of music legend Prince and authorities said they found a number of opioid painkillers at the singer’s home and some were under his friend’s and bodyguard’s name.
Prince died last year on April 21 and the painkillers were discovered shortly after his death at his home in Paisley Park in Minnesota. The newly unsealed documents did not say, however, where the fentanyl that killed the singer came from. He died from accidental overdose.
No one has been charged in the death of the 57-year-old singer. Prosecutors have just released the unsealed documents because witnesses might flee and the potential evidence in order to find the person responsible for his death might be destroyed.
One of the opioid painkillers found at his home is the acetaminophen-hydrocodone, which is usually used in treating pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and cough. Investigators said that Prince had a history of going through withdrawals believed to be due to the abuse in the use of prescription medication. The other opioid painkillers were also disguised to be vitamins as they were placed in vitamin bottles. In the post-mortem report, it was found out that Prince administered fentanyl on himself, which is many times more powerful than heroin.
Although no one has been charged in his death yet, reports said that Prince got his painkillers via a local doctor identified as Michael Schulenberg. He was the one who treated Prince days before he died. On April 14, the singer fainted when he was on a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis. Schulenberg wrote an oxycodone prescription intended for the entertainer, but he prescribed the drugs to Prince’s friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson.
Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy S. Conners, said in a statement, “Dr. 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.” Conners also pointed out that Prince never had a regular doctor.
The recently unsealed documents also included the details about the seizing of his computer, email, and cellphone records. He did not use a phone after his private information was hacked and he emailed as a form of communication under a manager’s name. He also traveled under the name Peter Bravestrong.
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