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Prince Death Investigation: No Charges to Be Filed, Minnesota Prosecutor Rules

22 April 2018

The end of a two-year investigation into Prince's 2016 drug overdose death was the trigger to release materials compiled by sheriff's detectives, ranging from hundreds of pages of interviews, search warrants and reports to more than 1,000 photos and videos. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Carver County attorney Mark Metz said in a statement on Thursday (19.04.18): "Despite the intensive law enforcement investigation, there is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl, or who else may have had a role in delivering the counterfeit Vicodin to Prince".

Metz did say pills prescribed to Prince by Dr. Michael Schulenberg were not to blame in Prince's death, but Schulenberg reached a $30,000 settlement with federal prosecutors for prescribing medication for Prince to Prince's assistant, Kirk Johnson.

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The images offered a glimpse behind the scenes of the Paisley Park home and recording studio where Prince died.

Not every single pill was tested, just a wide sample, so police would only say "they believe" all of the counterfeit pills contained fentanyl, the drug caused Prince's death. Prince had been experiencing back pain from years of performances, Johnson said.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar took a moment to remember Prince on the Senate floor.

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The U.S. attorney's office also said Thursday it had no credible evidence that would lead to federal criminal charges.

Metz said Johnson and Schulenberg had reached out to a California treatment facility prior to Prince's death to help Prince fight his addiction. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the case remains open. The concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood alone was 67.8 micrograms per liter, which outside experts called "exceedingly high".

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Prince Death Investigation: No Charges to Be Filed, Minnesota Prosecutor Rules