A day after it was revealed singer Prince was to meet an addiction doctor shortly before his April 21 death, a source close to the investigation revealed the painkiller Percocet was present in his body when he was found in the elevator of his Paisley Park home.
The source, who is unnamed, said it is not clear if the opioid “caused or contributed to the musician’s death,” the Star Tribune reports. An autopsy was completed days after his body was discovered. Toxicology tests are pending, though they did show that Percocet was in Prince’s body when he was discovered, the source said.
According to the Star Tribune:
The revelation came on the same day that federal law enforcement authorities joined the investigation into the death of Prince, who was seeking emergency help for an addiction to opioid painkillers during the week of his collapse.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. attorney’s office announced that they were assisting Carver County investigators following the public disclosure that a California physician had been called for addiction treatment. The doctor was scheduled to meet Prince in the Twin Cities the day after the artist was found dead. Criminal investigators are scrutinizing how Prince acquired the painkillers, or any medications used to treat the addiction.
It’s unclear when Prince began taking opioids or how he acquired them to treat a possible addiction, but he reportedly suffered an overdose on a plane just six days before his death. The plane, en route from Atlanta to Minneapolis, emergency landed in Illinois. Prince was rushed to the hospital, but left against doctors’ orders a short while later.
While under care in Moline, Ill., doctors reportedly gave him a dose of naloxone to “counteract the opioids,” the Star Tribune writes.
An investigation into his death is ongoing.
SOURCE: Star Tribune
19 Women Who Ruled Prince’s World (PHOTOS)
1. Singer and percussionist Sheila E shot to stardom after working with Prince during the ‘Purple Rain’ era.Source: 1 of 9
2. Mayte Garcia was Prince’s dancer when they met. The couple married in 1996 and divorced in 2000 after the death of their child.Source: 2 of 9
3. Stop the press! Prince had more than just an eye for Kim Basinger during the filming of ‘Batman’.Source: 3 of 9
4. Manuela Testolini was married to Prince from 2001 to 2006.Source: 4 of 9
5. Misty Copeland performed with Prince on his tours in the 2000s. Were they romantically linked? You tell us!Source: 5 of 9
6. Bria Valentine collaborated with Prince musically and also dated him in the 2000s.Source: 6 of 9
7. Nona Gaye worked musically with Prince in the 1990s and has also been romantically linked to the purple one.Source: 7 of 9
8. Before hating each other’s guts, Madonna and Prince dated very briefly in 1985 and recorded a duet on Madonna’s album ‘Like A Prayer’.Source: 8 of 9
9. The rumor is that Prince and Ananda Lewis dated once upon a time. Regardless, Ananda is devastated over the purple one’s death.Source: 9 of 9
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