2-Year Probe Into Prince's Death To Announce Results

2-Year Probe Into Prince's Death To Announce Results

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill containing the dangerously powerful drug fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician's death.

Metz explained that Prince ingested the fentanyl by taking "counterfeit Vicodin", but that there was no evidence that the star knew it contained fentanyl.

Kim Berry, Prince's hairstylist, said she was surprised that no criminal charges were filed in the case.

There is no evidence showing how Prince obtained those counterfeit pills and no evidence as to their source, Metz said. Dr. Schulenberg met with Prince and prescribed him clonidine, hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam, which were filled on April 20 at Walgreen's on County Road 101 in Minnetonka. "Prince's death was a tragedy that few could experience more deeply than Kirk Johnson".

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After his death, close friends of Prince said they didn't believe the musician - a Jehovah's Witness and proponent of clean leaving - was abusing drugs. A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy showed he had "an exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died on April 21, 2016. Prince was found unconscious on the plane and was given two doses of naloxone, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses. Schulenberg disputes that, but is paying $30,000 to settle a civil violation. Prince died one day before a scheduled meeting with Dr. Howard Kornfeld, an opioid addiction specialist.

Several videos released showed the interior of Paisley Park during the beginning of the police investigation, including footage of Prince laying lifeless outside of an elevator.

Schulenberg has been fined $30,000 for violating the Controlled Substances Act for knowingly prescribing painkillers for Prince's drummer, which he knew were for Prince himself. The music icon died on Thursday 21st April 2016 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57. Prince did not have any prescriptions for Fentanyl. Where Prince obtained the fentanyl is still apparently unknown.

Schulenberg's lawyer has challenged the claim that he ever prescribed opioids ― a classification that includes Percocet ― to Prince or "to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince".

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Because the investigation has concluded, Metz said, case evidence such as crime scene photos will now be released.

Prince's Paisley Park, the Minnesota home and recording studio of the late singer, has a job opening that is ideal for a Prince fan.

Schulenberg is not now a target of any criminal investigation, federal prosecutors said in a letter to his attorney.

Oxycodone, the generic name for the active ingredient in OxyContin, was not listed as a cause of Prince's death.

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