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Prince kept opioids in aspirin bottles to hide his addiction

A year on, few answers from probe into Prince's death None of the pills found at entertainer Prince's Paisley Park estate had been prescribed to him, court records say
Tobias Pedroso | 25 Abril, 2017, 18:15

"Johnson told Investigators this was the first time he had ever done something like that for Prince", one document states.

But the circumstances that led up to his death remain a mystery.

A lawyer for Prince's doctor has denied reports suggesting the medic prescribed powerful painkillers for the tragic superstar under a false identity.

One pill bottle, which was labeled Vitamin D, instead contained a different medication inside, according to the search warrant filed by authorities.

Unsealed documents show that "a sizable amount" of painkillers was found around Prince's Paisley Park compound outside of Minneapolis, and the artist did not have prescriptions for them, according to The New York Times.

The papers, which were under seal until Monday, also stated that investigators were told that the musician had a history of withdrawals believed to be the result of prescription drug abuse.

Monday's released documents do not reveal where Prince illegally obtained fentanyl, which was not prescribed to Prince or his friend. Today, a series of search warrants and affidavits from the criminal investigation of Prince's accidental opioid overdose were made public by the Carver County District Court in Minnesota.

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.

Police investigating the death a year ago of pop star Prince found numerous opioids scattered around his home. But they do shed some light on Prince's struggle in the days before he died.

A computer found near that suitcase in Prince's bedroom was initially overlooked by investigators, until they learned through interviews that Prince did not use a cell phone.

A message left with Schulenberg's attorney wasn't immediately returned. Doctor Michael Todd Schulenberg worked at a Minnetonka clinic not far from Paisley Park. According to the documents, the doctor met with Prince twice in the weeks before his death, reports Nola.

It's been nearly one year since Prince was found unconscious and pronounced dead in his Paisely Park home and while we know that he died of an opioid overdose, we are now learning that his addiction was likely greater than anyone knew. According to the warrant, those medications were prescribed to Johnson on April 7, 2016, by Schulenberg.

"The last thing law enforcement wants to do is to potentially have to immunize somebody who could be the only target of the investigation", Cramer said. Investigators have been working under the assumption that Prince did not know that the pills he took contained the drug.

Almost a year after Prince died from an accidental drug overdose in his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him.