Police Refuse to Rule Out Criminal Homicide Charges in Prince’s Death: Report

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
April 27, 2016 11:07 am Last Updated: April 28, 2016 10:30 am

Homicide police have launched a probe into Prince’s death after prescription drugs were allegedly found on his Minnesota property where he died, according to a report on Tuesday.

Detectives are trying to figure out if the 57-year-old was over-prescribed prescription drugs that may have led to his death.

Prince has sold at least 650,000 albums and 2.8 million songs in the United States since he died.

A police source told The Daily Star that a team has “been assigned with learning minute by minute what Prince was doing during his final days. But the investigation will also look into his activities over the last two years.”

According to Yahoo News, the homicide detectives reported the hunt will be for suppliers who may have illegally given the singer opiates.

Staff who work at Prince’s Paisley Park complex are having their mobile phones, computers, and email accounts examined by police. Officials have refused to rule out a criminal homicide charge.

They believe that Prince’s staff have built a so-called “wall of steel” around him to stop details of his alleged opiate addiction.

“Prince’s medical history is at the top of detectives’ list when it comes to cause of his death,” the source added.

On Tuesday, reports said that Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, did not leave a will. In papers filed with the Carver County District Court in Minnesota, Tyka Nelson, 55, Prince’s sister, said her brother didn’t have a spouse or surviving children, or surviving parents.

“I do not know of the existence of a will,” the document said, according to the New York Times.

Her petition also listed five half-siblings as heirs and asked a court to appoint a special administrator for the estate “because no personal representative has been appointed in Minnesota or elsewhere.”

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Minnesota law treats surviving half-siblings the same as full siblings.

Meanwhile, Prince has sold at least 650,000 albums and 2.8 million songs in the United States since he died last week, according to Nielsen.