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Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

(Radio.com) Officials unsealed court documents on Monday (April 17) to reveal details surrounding the first searches of Prince's Paisley Park estate following his untimely death.

They provide clues about Prince's use of painkillers in the months leading up to his death, and the possible direction of the ongoing investigation.

A year ago this week, the artist Prince was found dead at Paisley Park, his home, studio, and party space in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.

The records also indicate that the state's confidential prescription monitoring database, which helps pharmacists monitor for drug abuse, showed no prescriptions under Prince's name. The suitcase also contained lyrics for the song "U Got the Look" that appeared to be in Prince's handwriting.

The unsealed documents confirmed reports from law enforcement sources past year that multiple prescription painkillers were found in Prince's home, belying his public reputation for living a clean and healthy vegan lifestyle.

Among the information included in the search warrant affidavits was that it was Johnson and Prince's personal assistant, Meron Berkure, who found him in the elevator. In addition to Prince's bedroom, pills were found throughout the residence, including the laundry room, the police said.

No one has been charged in Prince's death yet. These investigation results lead to the possibility that there can be a pharmaceutical mislabelling of drugs or those pills were made and obtained illegally by Prince.

At the time of his death, people at the home of Prince indicated to investigators that he had been suffering from withdrawals from prescription medications to which he had become addicted.

Search warrants unsealed Monday by investigators looking into Prince's overdose death almost a year ago said Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed opioids to Prince but put them in the name of Prince confidant Kirk Johnson. Just six days before he died, Prince fell ill on a plane and made an emergency stop in IL as he was returning home from a concert in Atlanta.

"They would be indicting every pharmacist in Beverly Hills if this were strictly enforced", Garofalo said Monday. The statement said: "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".

Prince may have been trying to put an end to his addiction; investigators found pamphlets about getting off opioids, according to The Daily Mail. According to the documents, the doctor met with Prince twice in the weeks before his death, reports Nola. One of those present when police arrived was Andrew Kornfeld. Andrew Kornfeld was the person who called 911, Mauzy said. "He was the healthiest man I knew", a bodyguard known as "Romeo" told CNN.

She also writes of the couple's devastation after their first child died soon after birth and recounts noticing that her "Vicodin kept disappearing". She died in 2006.

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