Painkiller was prescribed for Prince under another name

Jay Jacobs
April 18, 2017

Autopsy results showed he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.

The documents said Prince did not have any prescriptions, including for fentanyl.

A search also turned up other "numerous narcotic controlled substance pills" in various containers, including vitamin bottles, some of which were prescribed to the musician's bodyguard.

Some pill bottles had Prince's long-time friend and estate manager Kirk Johnson's name on them.

It's been almost a year since Prince died from an accidental drug overdose at his suburban Minneapolis estate, yet investigators still haven't interviewed a key associate or asked a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges are warranted, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Dr. Schulenberg met with Prince and prescribed him clonidine, hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam, which were filled on April 20 at Walgreen's on County Road 101 in Minnetonka.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Court documents unsealed Monday in the investigation into Prince's death suggest a doctor and a close friend helped him improperly obtain prescription opioid painkillers, but they shed no new light on how the superstar got the fentanyl that killed him.

Unsealed documents show strong opioid painkillers were found in several parts of Prince's home, Paisley Park.

Search warrants unsealed Monday by investigators looking into Prince's overdose death almost a year ago said that Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed opioids to Prince but put them in the name of Prince confidante Kirk Johnson. Dr. Michael Schulenberg, who wrote the prescription, told authorities he put the prescription in Johnson's name to protect Prince's privacy, according to a detective's affidavit.

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An attorney for Johnson says Johnson "did not secure nor supply" the drugs that caused Prince's death.

August 2016: Pills marked as hydrocodone that were seized from Paisley Park after Prince's death are found to contain fentanyl, indicating that they were counterfeits, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells the Star Tribune.

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". That was the same day that Prince's plane, on a flight to Minnesota following a performance in Atlanta, had made an emergency landing near Chicago. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners, disputed that.

Johnson had contacted Schulenberg to help treat Prince's hip pain.

Some of the drugs in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name Peter Bravestrong on it - believed to be an alias he used when travelling. The suitcase also contained lyrics for the song "U Got the Look" that appeared to be in Prince's handwriting. Kornfeld can not clear his schedule to fly to Minnesota immediately, so he sends his son, Andrew, on an overnight flight.

Investigators have said little about the case over the a year ago, other than it is active. Authorities haven't yet charged anyone in the case. The Kornfelds' attorney, William Mauzy, has said Andrew had meant to give the medication to a doctor who planned to see Prince on April 21.

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