Prince’s death: What We Know

Prince’s death: What We Know


Prince’s death: What We Know


Fans continue to mourn the loss of music legend Prince as state and federal officials piece together his final days.

Developments are emerging along two tracks: cause of death and what to do with his vast estate. Here’s the latest:

The U.S. attorney’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency both announced Wednesday they’re joining the Carver County Sheriff’s office investigation.

They’re there to provide “federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion.”

Speaking of drugs: authorities found prescription opioid medication on Prince and in his Minnesota home during the investigation of his death. So far, investigators have not found evidence that Prince had a valid prescription for the painkillers, leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to launch a formal investigation into their ..

Then, it came to light that Prince’s team sought help from Dr. Howard Kornfeld, an eminent opioid addiction specialist, the day before he died. Kornfield sent his son, Andrew, to Minnesota.

By the time he arrived at the singer’s Paisley Park complex on the morning of April 21, it was too late.

Since then, a former attorney for two of Prince’s dead siblings has come forward with more troubling information. Lawyer Michael B. Padden said the siblings revealed Prince had an addiction to Percocet decades before his sudden death in April.

Duane Nelson, who died in 2013, was adamant that Prince was in no way just a recreational user, Padden said. He started using the drug to help him deal with the rigors of performing. Another half-sibling, Lorna Nelson, confirmed Prince’s drug use but was not involved in getting drugs for him, Padden said. She died in 2006.

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