Documents highlight Prince's struggle with opioid addiction

The unsealed documents confirmed reports from law enforcement sources past year that multiple prescription painkillers were found in Prince's home, belying his public reputation for living a clean and healthy vegan lifestyle.

Court documents released by Minnesota authorities on Monday (17Apr17) show that the police officers who responded to the scene after the singer's death at his Paisley Park mansion on 21 April past year (16) found "numerous" pills in his bedroom and other areas of his home.

According to the search warrants, investigators found several pills labeled Watson 853 - the identifier for generic hydrocodone-acetaminophen.

In one of the interviews with the detectives, it was revealed by a doctor named Michael Todd Schulenberg that he saw Prince twice prior to his death. Prince's bodyguard was the person who went to a Walgreens pharmacy the day preceding the singer's death to fill prescriptions, including Percocet.

An autopsy revealed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, which is a drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.

A search warrant filed in the investigation of pop superstar Prince's death says the singer routinely got vitamin B12 injections so he could "feel better" before performances. Of these, at least one contained traces of fentanyl.

Another affidavit indicated that some pull containers were labeled with the name "Peter Bravestrong", an alias that Prince would use when he was traveling.

The question of who prescribed the fentanyl that killed Prince remains unanswered.

According to the warrants, authorities searched his estates as well as looking through the star's mobile phone records and email accounts. During a search warrant executed at Paisley Park on April 21, the day Prince was found dead, a suitcase was found in Prince's bedroom next to his bed.

The police are still investigating who supplied Prince with drugs, and in addition to questioning Dr. Schulenberg, they are also searching his emails to see if he had ordered prescriptions online.

Authorities said Prince's laptop was not taken during an initial warrant but it became clear later in the investigation that items on it would be significant when they discovered he did not communicate by cell phone, but instead used email and the hard phone line at Paisley Park, extensively. The warrants were unsealed Monday, almost a year after his death. Dr. Schulenberg prescribed the drug to Prince six days before his death, on the same day his plane made an emergency landing in IL. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, to Minnesota that night, and the younger Kornfeld was among those who found Prince's body.

The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted California addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld for help.

Andrew Kornfeld was carrying buprenorphine, a medication that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.

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