opioids found in Prince home, but no clue on source of
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[April 18, 2017]
(Reuters) - Police
investigating the death a year ago of pop star Prince
found numerous opioids scattered around his home but
appear not to have identified where or who supplied the
dose of fentanyl that caused his death, according to
court documents unsealed on Monday.
Some of the strong painkillers found at the musician's
Paisley Park complex outside Minneapolis had prescriptions in
the name of his friend and bodyguard, the affidavits and search
The probe included searches of Prince's computer, cellphone
records of his friends and interviews with his associates. In
October 2016 it was termed "an active homicide investigation" in
the documents, but no one has been criminally charged.
Prince, 57, was found dead at the complex on April 21, 2016. The
official cause of death was given as an accidental,
self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
No prescriptions were found for fentanyl - a powerful drug that
is 50 times stronger than heroin. The documents were kept sealed
until Monday because Carver County, Minnesota, prosecutors
feared potential witnesses might flee or potential evidence be
According to the search warrants, investigators found several
pills labeled Watson 853 - the identifier for generic
A search also turned up other "numerous narcotic controlled
substance pills" in various containers, including vitamin
bottles, some of which were prescribed to the musician's
"Many of those areas where the pills were located would be
places Prince would frequent, such as his bedroom and
wardrobe/laundry room," one document said.
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Detectives were "made aware by witnesses that were interviewed, that
Prince recently had a history of going through withdrawals, which
are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription
medication," the documents said.
The unsealed documents confirmed reports from law enforcement
sources last year that multiple prescription painkillers were found
in Prince's home, belying his public reputation for living a clean
and healthy vegan lifestyle.
The documents showed that some of the prescriptions were made out in
the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's bodyguard, to safeguard "Prince's
Johnson's lawyer did not return calls for comment on Monday.
The documents also revealed that Prince did not use a cellphone, and
that he had email accounts in various aliases. He also did not have
a regular doctor and his team would arrange for various physicians
to give him vitamin B-12 shots before performances.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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