Prince was taking drugs that were prescribed under his bodyguard's name in order to protect his privacy, but court records don't say where the singer got the drug that killed him.
Several search warrants were unsealed Monday in connection to the investigation into Prince's April 21, 2016, death. It was ruled an accidental overdose from the opioid fentanyl – a drug he was not prescribed.
The warrants included searches of cellphone records of Prince's associates, Prince's emails, his medical records, and Paisley Park, but they don't reveal where Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.
In a search of Paisley Park, officials found narcotic controlled substance pills in various pill bottles, including prescription bottles issued to Kirk Johnson, Prince's bodyguard and longtime friend, a search warrant from September 2016 says. They were found in a suitcase with the name tag "Peter Bravestrong," which investigators believe was Prince's alias while traveling.
Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg told investigators he prescribed the opioid oxycodone to Prince under Johnson's name on April 14, 2016, to protect the singer's privacy. The prescription was issued the same day Prince overdosed on a flight, prompting an emergency landing in Illinois, a search warrant says.
The warrants suggest Prince was struggling with prescription opioid addiction prior to his death, with witnesses telling investigators he "recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication," the warrant said.
The investigation into Prince's death is not over. Carver County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told GoMN last week it is very much still an active thing, and added he could not comment on what is being looked at or any other details.
Other findings from the search warrants
– Prince didn't have a regular doctor, but he'd see various doctors to get an "812 injection" to "feel better" before a show.
– Prince reported not feeling well in the hours before he died. He hadn't been seen or heard from since 8 p.m. April 20 – deputies with the Carver County Sheriff's Office responded to Paisley Park at 9:43 a.m. on April 21.
– When Prince "passed out" on a flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Minneapolis on April 14-15, 2016, the plane made an emergency landing at the Quad International Airport in Moline, Illinois. Witnesses told investigators Prince admitted to taking one to two "pain pills."
– In addition to the narcotics found in various pill bottles at Paisley Park, officials found a pamphlet for Recovery Without Walls. A consultant from the addiction treatment center – Andrew Kornfeld – had flown to Minnesota the morning of April 21, 2016, for what was described in the weeks after Prince's death as a "life-saving mission," but Kornfeld never met with the artist. A search warrant for Kornfeld's backpack found several pills, including buprenorphine, which is used for opiate addicts; an anti-seizure drug; and an anti-nausea suppository. Kornfeld wasn't licensed to administer these drugs, but Kornfeld said he didn't plan to use them, the warrant says.
– Prince didn't have a cellphone because he was scared of being hacked, so he communicated through email under a fake name. One of Prince's bodyguards told investigators the singer once had a cellphone, but after it was hacked and personal information was stolen, he stopped carrying one and began sending emails.
– Prince would use the email address email@example.com to communicate with people. But officials also wanted to search the contents of three other addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, Peterbravestrong@gmail.com and email@example.com.
– After performances, Prince would go on his MacBook laptop to read reviews about his shows.
– Prince had been in a romantic relationship with Judith Hill since the fall of 2014. She'd communicate with him via landline or email.
You can read all the documents that have been released in Prince's death investigation here.