Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Unsealed documents show strong painkillers found in Prince's home

Unsealed documents show strong painkillers found in Prince's home

The search warrants, which were unsealed today and date back to last spring and summer, were carried out by police after Prince's death nearly a year ago on April 21, 2016.

The documents pertain to the first six months of the investigation into Prince's death at his Minnesota estate a year ago from an overdose of the powerful narcotic fentanyl.

The pills weren't stored in typical prescription bottles, but in "various other containers such as vitamin bottles". A year after Prince died of an accidental drug overdose, his Paisley Park studio complex and home is now a museum and concert venue. The suitcase had a tag on it bearing the name "Peter Bravestrong", which investigators determined is an alias for Prince. Some were in prescription bottles that were under the name Kirk Johnson, Prince's longtime friend and associate. Dr. Schulenberg prescribed the drug to Prince six days before his death, on the same day his plane made an emergency landing in IL.

The day before Prince died, his team called an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California seeking urgent help for the singer, an attorney working for the specialist and his son said.

Dr Michael Tod Schulenburg, who saw him on April 7 and again on April 20, admitted to prescribing the drug on the same day as the emergency landing.

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But he "put the prescription in Kirk Johnson's name for Prince's privacy".

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Several search warrants were unsealed Monday near the one-year anniversary of Prince's death of a fentanyl overdose.

They do not say where Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.

It's been almost a year since Prince died from an accidental drug overdose in his suburban Minneapolis studio and 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.

The B12 detail was included in a detective's affidavit seeking one of the search warrants. Witnesses, however, told authorities that Prince had recently been going through withdrawals from pain medication.

Martinez of the Minnesota medical board said it's "quite infrequent" for a doctor to write out a prescription for someone in another person's name.

The suitcase also contained the lyrics for "You got the Look", which appeared to be in Prince's handwriting.

Investigators heard plenty from the people at Paisley Park when Prince's body was discovered. He left his job there almost three weeks after Prince's death. Authorities also found opiods in Prince's suitcase. Emergency responders administer a shot of Narcan, an opioid antidote, and take him to the hospital.

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