Investigators Looking Into Whether Prince Overdosed on Prescription Drugs
Authorities who are investigating the death of Prince are looking into whether he died of an overdose.
Officials are investigating whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks prior to his death, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation has said, reported The Associated Press.
A few days ago, it was reported that Prince was found with opioid prescription medication on his person at the time of death in his mansion in Minnesota.
Investigators so far have not found any indication that Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, had a valid prescription for the recovered opioid drugs, law enforcement officials involved in the investigation told CNN.
DEA investigators have been brought in, and they will focus on the source of the medication. They stressed, however, that the investigation is still in its infancy.
Law enforcement officials told AP they’re considering the possibility that he may have overdosed on Percocet, or something similar to it.
Authorities, quoted by several media outlets, said that painkillers were found in his home. Investigators are looking at drugs that were found on the property, The Independent reported.
A law enforcement official also told AP on Thursday they’re also looking at whether a doctor was on the plane with Prince when it made an emergency landing in Illinois a week before he died. They’re also looking at if there were drugs on the plane, which made a stop in Moline, Illinois on April 15.
The official said the plane stopped because he was found unconscious on the plane. First responders gave the singer a shot of Narcan, used to reverse an overdose of opiates. The so-called “save shot” was administered as the plane was on the tarmac.
An autopsy was done, but the results won’t come back for another three weeks.