U.S. Attorney's Office, DEA Join Investigation Into Prince's Death
May 5, 2016 at 4:00 AM (PT)
The investigation into the cause of PRINCE's death continues, with an addiction to painkillers the likely cause. Now, the U.S. attorney's office and the DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY have joined the CARVER COUNTY Sheriff's office in the investigation. The Feds said YESTERDAY (5/4) that they're there to provide "federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion."
CNN updates its coverage, reporting, "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 source," adding, "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."
THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE reports, "The painkiller Percocet was present in PRINCE’s body when he was found dead APRIL 21st in a PAISLEY PARK elevator, a source familiar with the investigation said WEDNESDAY. However, it is not yet clear whether the potent opioid caused or contributed to the musician’s death, the source stressed."