Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Probe into Prince's opioid death brings no criminal charges

Probe into Prince's opioid death brings no criminal charges

Prince performs during his "Diamonds and Pearls Tour" at the Earl's Court Arena in London, Britain, June 15, 1992.

"Prince's death is a tragic example that opioid addiction and overdose deaths do not discriminate, no matter the demographic,"Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said at a press conference Thursday".

The singer passed away in April 2016 after being found unresponsive in his Paisley Park mansion.

Jack Kurtz/ZUMA Press/NewscomPop legend Prince died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016, probably because he bought what he thought was Vicodin on the black market.

But the investigation, which included searches of Prince's computer, mobile phone records of his friends and interviews with associates, determined that Prince suffered from severe pain for a number of years and numerous painkillers were found in his residence, according to Metz. Officials said the doctor's Percocet pills were not responsible for Prince's death. The icon was supplied bootleg prescription pills. Not every single pill was tested, just a wide sample, so police would only say "they believe" all of the counterfeit pills contained fentanyl, the drug caused Prince's death. "In all likelihood Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him".

The doctor, Michael T. Schulenberg, was fined $30,000 in a civil settlement with federal prosecutors over allegations that he violated the controlled substances act, Attorney Gregory Brooker said.

One of Prince's sisters is expressing disappointment about the way the investigation into her brother's death was handled.

The prescribed Percocet is not what killed Prince, Metz said. Schulenberg's attorney denied that and did not admit liability as part of the settlement, saying the prescription was not intended for Prince, the Associated Press reported.

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