Doctor prescribed Prince medicine under friend's name

Kelly Massey
April 18, 2017

According to search warrants released by Minnesota authorities, several pills were found around Prince's home after the beloved performer was found dead in April 2016.

But the documents, unsealed on Monday as the year-long investigation into Prince's death continues, revealed nothing about how the pop superstar got the fentanyl that actually killed him.

Carver County investigators and the DEA learned that Prince Rogers Nelson had no prescriptions issued to him and that Kirk Johnson had only one, oxycodone, which was prescribed on April 14 by Dr. Schulenberg, the same doctor who was at the scene of Paisley Park the day Prince died. Some were in prescription bottles for Kirk Johnson, Prince's long-time friend.

Johnson told investigators he didn't know Prince was addicted, according to the warrants, which note that Johnson had known Prince since the 1980s.

"Andrew said he heard a scream and ran down the hall and observed Prince lying on his left side in the elevator", states one of the newly unsealed court records, which said that Prince lived at Paisley Park alone and without a security guard.

The day before Prince died, his team called an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California seeking urgent help for the singer, an attorney working for the specialist and his son said. No one has been charged with a crime in connection with Prince's death. Prince admitted that he had taken painkillers, according to search warrants.

A Minnesota defense attorney who's well-versed on drug cases says prosecutors are unlikely to pursue charges against a doctor who allegedly wrote a prescription for Prince in someone else's name.

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The legal papers also suggest that Prince was battling with prescription opioid addiction. One affidavit states that the doctor met with Prince and prescribed him three sedatives: clonidine, hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam.

News reports that unspecified controlled substances were also found next to handwritten "U Got the Look" lyrics in a suitcase bearing the name "Peter Bravestrong", an often-used Prince alias.

"The oxycodone in this case is only tangential to the whole case", Tamburino said. However, the medications were not prescribed to the musician under his own name.

Last August, the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted a source with knowledge of the investigation as saying that pills seized inside the compound by investigators were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl. Kornfeld can not clear his schedule to fly to Minnesota immediately, so he sends his son, Andrew, on an overnight flight.

Laws against prescribing with a false name are not usually enforced when a doctor intends to protect a celebrity's privacy, said Los Angeles attorney Ellyn Garofalo. She said she didn't question what they were.

On another occasion, within weeks of their 1996 wedding, Garcia said she was informed that Prince was in the hospital and had to have his stomach pumped.

Investigators have said little publicly about the case over the previous year, other than it is active.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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