CHASKA, United States (REUTERS) – A two-year investigation into the loss of life of Purple Rain singer Prince failed to find out the place he obtained a counterfeit painkiller laced with fentanyl, leading to no legal costs, a Minnesota prosecutor mentioned on Thursday (April 19).
“Law enforcement was unable to determine the source of the counterfeit vicodin laced with fentanyl,” Carver County Attorney Mark Metz advised a news conference. “We simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death.”
Prince, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park home and recording studio complicated close to Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. The official reason behind loss of life was a self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, which is 50 instances stronger than heroin.
“Nothing in the evidence suggests Prince knowingly ingested fentanyl,” Metz mentioned, including there was “no evidence that the pills that killed Prince were prescribed by a doctor.”
“There is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit vicodin laced with fentanyl or who else may had a role in delivering the counterfeit vicodin to Prince,” Metz mentioned.
Prince, identified for his androgynous model and sexually charged songs, crafted a public picture of dwelling a clear and wholesome vegan life-style.
But the investigation, which included searches of Prince’s pc, cell phone data of his associates and interviews with associates, decided that Prince suffered from extreme ache for a lot of years and quite a few painkillers had been found in his residence, based on Metz.
Some of the drugs had been prescribed to his bodyguard Kirk Johnson to guard the singer’s privateness, Metz mentioned.
Johnson “continues to deny that he had anything to do with the death of his close friend, Prince,” Johnson’s legal professional F. Clayton Tyler mentioned in an announcement.
In a separate improvement, a health care provider who handled the musician in his remaining weeks has been fined for allegedly writing a prescription realizing it could be utilized by one other individual, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota mentioned in an announcement.
The physician, Michael T. Schulenberg, was fined US$30,000 (S$40,000) in a civil settlement with federal prosecutors over allegations that he violated the managed substances act, Attorney-Gregory Brooker mentioned.
Brooker mentioned Schulenberg was not the goal of any legal investigation in Prince’s loss of life. The doctor’s legal professional mentioned in an announcement that Schulenberg labored to refer Prince to a treatment facility and he didn’t write any prescriptions with the intention that they’d be utilized by the singer.
Prince’s loss of life shocked the world and led to a protracted battle amongst his siblings and half siblings over who would inherit his property, estimated to be value lots of of tens of millions of in unreleased recordings and music rights.
On Thursday, Warner Bros. data and the singer’s property launched the unique model of Prince’s 1984 music Nothing Compares 2 U, together with a video that includes rehearsal footage, that has by no means been seen earlier than, of the singer and his band The Revolution practising their choreography that yr.