Search warrants unsealed Monday by investigators looking into Prince's overdose death almost a year ago said that Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed opioids to Prince but put them in the name of Prince confidante Kirk Johnson.
Investigators found no prescriptions in Prince's name, however, Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg told detectives he had written a prescription for oxycodone, which is also an opioid, under the name of long-time Prince associate and drummer Kirk Johnson.
According to an affidavit filed September 12, 2016, Carver County Sheriff's investigators and the DEA conducted a Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program warrant.
Some of the strong painkillers found at the musician's Paisley Park complex outside Minneapolis had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard, the affidavits and search warrants showed.
Johnson especially was inconsistent with his statements to police, saying he didn't know Prince was addicted to painkillers, even though he reached out to a noted rehabilitation clinic ays earlier regarding the singer's addiction.
Prince was likely dead for hours before he was found in the elevator of his home. That night, a Prince representative in California contacts Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist, and asks him to intervene and help get the megastar off prescription painkillers. Oxycodone was not listed as a cause of Prince's death. Other information included in the documents indicates that cops learned from Prince's associates that he never used a mobile phone and preferred to communicate via email.
Authorities also searched Johnson's cellphone records, to see who he was communicating with in the month before Prince died.
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As for Dr. Schulenberg, he left his job at North Memorial Medical Center almost three weeks after Prince's death.
Throughout Prince's residence, including in the laundry room and in Prince's bedroom, investigators discovered controlled substances that "were not contained in typical prescription pill bottles but rather, were stored in various other containers such as vitamin bottles", according to the documents.
The day before Prince's death, Schulenberg prescribed three drugs for him: clonidine, which is used to treat high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder, and the anti-anxiety agents Valium and hydroxyzine pamoate. The suitcase, which had a handwritten letter with the lyrics of "You Got the Look" inside, was labeled under her alias name, Peter Bravestrong. Schulenberg had prescribed those on April 7.
The music icon died on Thursday 21st April 2016 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57. Medics revived him with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
The documents said Prince did not have any prescriptions, including for fentanyl. Kornfeld can not clear his schedule to fly to Minnesota immediately, so he sends his son, Andrew, on an overnight flight. When pressed in a recent CBS interview to talk about Prince's final days, Johnson pointed to his head and said: "Kirk has a vault".
Investigators have said little publicly about the case over the previous year, other than it is active. Andrew Kornfeld was the person who called 911, Mauzy said.