How Prince hid his deadly painkiller drug addiction


Investigators later found that the pills contained fentanyl, according to published reports, but they have not given any indication as to whether those pills are tied to Prince's death.

According to Rolling Stone, police reports revealed that his doctor, Dr. Michael Schulenberg, was prescribing him oxycodone under Prince's bodyguard's name. They have explored whether doctors illegally prescribed opioids that were meant to go to Prince and whether the fentanyl that killed him came from a black-market source online or on the street.

Year after the death of Prince, the unsealed court documents reveal that numerous opioid painkillers were found at home of the Purple Rain hitmaker.

-All records for Kirk Johnson's cell phone, from March 21 to April 21, 2016.

Several bottles of opioid painkillers - some of them prescribed to one of Prince's friends - were found at the singer's Paisley Park complex shortly after the music icon's death by accidental overdose, court documents unsealed Monday, April 17, show.

The documents suggest Prince was struggling with prescription opioid addiction.

Johnson's attorney, Clayton Tyler, said Johnson "did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince's death". "Interviews with those who were at Paisley Park the morning Prince was found deceased have provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements", one document stated. Analysts had forecast almost 2.4 million for the second quarter, according to FactSet.

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Just six days earlier, Prince fell ill on a plane and made an emergency stop in IL as he was returning home from a concert in Atlanta. A week before his death, the singer was taken ill on a flight from Atlanta after a concert and was revived by two doses of a drug that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. In addition to Prince's bedroom, pills were found throughout the residence, including the laundry room, the police said.

Johnson is a close confidante and aide who started working for Prince in the '80s.

No arrests have been made in connection with the ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by the Carver County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities also found a pamphlet for an addiction recovery centre in California, the documents show.

Investigators searching Paisley Park the day Prince died retrieved dozens of pills - many of which were labeled as hydrocodone, according to a search warrant affidavit.

However, Schulenberg's attorney denied that the doctor had ever written Prince or Prince's friend a prescription of opioids in a statement on Monday.

Schulenberg is practicing family medicine in Minnesota and Conners said there are no restrictions on his license.