Minnesota County prosecutors, where Prince died, will announce a criminal indictment decision following a two-year investigation into the death of the music superstar by accidental fentanyl overdose.
Carver County lawyer Mark Metz planned a 11:30 am news (19659002) Prince was 57 years old when he was found alone in an elevator on April 21, 2016 in his Paisley Park estate in a suburb of Chanhassen. An autopsy revealed that he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.
A confidential toxicology report received by the Associated Press in March showed high levels of fentanyl in the blood, liver, and stomach of the singer. The concentration of fentanyl in Princes blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter, which was considered "extremely high" by experts. The report found that people with blood levels between 3 and 58 micrograms per liter of death were documented.
Search warrants were unsealed about a year after the death of Prince showed that the authorities searched his home, cell phone records of employees and his e-mail accounts to determine how he got the drug. The authorities found numerous pills in various containers stored around Prince's house, including some counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. The source of this fentanyl was never determined.
While many who knew Prince over the years said he had a reputation for a clean life, some said he was struggling with pain even after years of intense performance. Documents released by the authorities last year paint a picture of a man struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids and withdrawals, and they also show that there have been attempts to get him help.
Paisley Park associates told investigators that Prince "underwent withdrawal symptoms believed to be due to abuse of prescription drugs," the affidavit published last year in the state court said.
Just six days before his death, Prince died on a plane and an emergency stop was made in Moline, Illinois. The musician had to be revived with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
The day before his death, Paisley Park staff contacted California's addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld as they tried to fetch Prince. Kornfeld sent his son Andrew to Minnesota that night, and the younger cornfield was one of those who found Prince's body. Andrew Kornfeld wore buprenorphine, a drug that can be used in the treatment of opioid dependence.
Documents also allege Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family doctor who had seen the musician twice before his death, said he prescribed the opioid painkiller Oxycodone to Prince, but under the name Princes Bodyguard and close friend Kirk Johnson "for Prince's privacy." Schulenberg's lawyer has denied that.
A lab report from the AP found that one of the pills found in a bottle of prescription containing Johnson's oxycodone name. Oxycodone, the generic name for the drug in OxyContin, has not been listed as a cause of Prince's death.
But it's part of a family of painkillers that drive the nation's overdose and dependency epidemic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 2 million Americans were prescribed in 201
Prince had no prescriptions for fentanyl.