Prosecutors will give an update on Prince's death today

Tonya Becker
April 20, 2018

In his death, Prince became the most famous face of the epidemic of painkiller abuse in the United States.

"[Johnson] continues to deny that he had anything to do with the death of his close friend, Prince", Tyler said in a statement. Shortly afterward, while on a plane, the singer passed out and was reportedly given Narcan, an emergency treatment for suspected opioid overdoses. Some of those pills were later determined to be counterfeit, and state and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for almost two years. "There will be no further comment". He told investigators this was the first time he had ever done something like that for Prince. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the federal case remains open.

Associated Press writer Amy Forliti contributed to this report.

As per the court documents, Schulenburg saw Prince on April 20, 2016 night and came back to Paisley Park the next day morning, only to find out that Prince was no more.

The decision was announced by Carver County Attorney Mark Metz during a news conference on April 19. That prescription was not linked to Prince's death. "Prince's death is a tragic example of how opioid addiction and overdose deaths do not discriminate, no matter the demographic".


Schulenberg agreed to settle the civil charges by paying $30,000 and submitting to monitoring by the Drug Enforcement Administration. "However, we have no direct evidence a specific person provided the Fentanyl to Prince", Metz explained.

"Nothing at all the evidence suggests Prince intentionally swallowed fentanyl", Metz mentioned, that there was "no evidence that means of a physician prescribed the pills that killed Prince".

On Thursday, Warner Bros. records and the singer's estate released the original version of Prince's 1984 song "Nothing Compares 2 U", along with a video featuring rehearsal footage, that has never been seen before, of the singer and his band The Revolution practicing their choreography that year.

A newly unsealed federal search warrant says a Minnesota doctor who treated Prince in the weeks before he died expressed concern that the musician was suffering from opiate withdrawal.

Oxycodone wasn't attributed to Prince's death, and authorities don't believe the doctor gave him the knock-off Vicodin. His attorney has disputed that claim.


Highlighting the weekend is a concert event called PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen on Friday, April 20 at Target Center. A urinalysis tested positive for opioids.

"Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him", Metz said.

April 20 - Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist, is asked by Prince representatives to help the star.

Several key people had contact with Prince before his death, and were involved in the investigation that followed. No one has been criminally charged.

The settlement "is neither an admission of facts nor liability by Dr. Schulenberg", federal prosecutors said. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.


Authorities found a "significant number" of pain pills hidden all over Paisley Park in bottles other than their original pharmacy containers, Metz confirmed. The results of an autopsy subsequently revealed that he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

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