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.
Schulenberg is the same doctor who was at Paisley Park on April 21 (the day of Prince's death) when deputies arrived on scene and the same doctor who admitted to authorities, he prescribed Oxycodone for Prince on April 14, the day before he overdosed while returning from a show in Atlanta, forcing his plane into an emergency landing.
Last year, Prince died at the age of 57 due to a fentanyl overdose.
Criminal justice experts say the slow pace of the investigation doesn't necessarily mean it's in trouble or that no one will ever be charged.
According to the warrants, authorities searched his estates as well as looking through the star's mobile phone records and email accounts.
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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. Oxycodone, the generic name for the active ingredient in OxyContin, was not listed as a cause of Prince's death. "Investigators also noted that the 'Peter Bravestrong" suitcase contained handwritten lyrics for Prince's song "U Got the Look".
Information in the warrants also revealed that investigators found a suitcase containing several prescription bottles in the name of Johnson, who told investigators past year that the singer had been struggling with opiate use.
According to court documents, Johnson was Prince's bodyguard and close personal friend.
The unsealed documents confirmed reports from law enforcement sources previous year that multiple prescription painkillers were found in Prince's home, belying his public reputation for living a clean and healthy vegan lifestyle.
Schulenberg also told investigators that on April 15, he had prescribed Prince oxycodone, also in Johnson's name.
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Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners, disputed that. The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cellphone records of Prince's associates, and Prince's email accounts to try to determine how he got the fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.
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. According to the search warrant, investigators were told by witnesses that Prince "recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication", reported CNN.
The documents said Prince did not have any prescriptions, including for fentanyl. She said she didn't question what they were.
And the former attorney for two of Prince's dead siblings says they had revealed Prince had an addiction to Percocet decades ago. Celebrities frequently use aliases in hospitals and doctor's offices.
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