Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

No charges in Prince death after two-year probe

No charges in Prince death after two-year probe

No charges will be filed following the two-year investigation into Prince's death, it was announced today at a news conference in Chaska, Minnesota by Carver County Attorney Mark Metz.

August 21 - An official close to the investigation tells the AP that some of the pills taken from Paisley Park were counterfeit drugs that contained fentanyl.

No criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.

The news comes as the Minnesota doctor who prescribed opioid painkillers to Prince a week before the musician died has agreed to pay out $30,000 United States dollars settlement over a federal civil violation. He had prescribed painkillers to the singer, disguised with someone else's name to protect his privacy, but investigators stated that the pills prescribed by the doctor were not the ones that led to Prince's death. Metz said there's no evidence anyone - including Prince - knew the pills contained the far more potent opioid.

Neither Prince's name, nor that of his drummer and assistant Kirk Johnson, appears in the civil settlement agreement.

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The settlement "is neither an admission of facts nor liability by Dr. Schulenberg", court records said. He said Johnson "continues to deny that he had anything to do with the death of his close friend". Metz said Prince had no prescription for fentanyl or Vicodin. An autopsy showed he died from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug that has caused several deaths across the Upper Midwest in the past few years. Prince was found unconscious on the plane and was given two doses of naloxone, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses.

Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners, has disputed that and did so again Thursday, saying that Schulenberg settled the case to avoid the expense and uncertain outcome of litigation. Recovery Without Walls is a California-based prescription drug and alcohol addiction program run by Dr. Howard Kornfeld.

On April 21, 2016, Prince overdosed on a fentanyl drug at 57-years-old. Johnson is the one who had asked Schulenberg to write the prescription.

The investigation into the death of Prince may have a major development. Prosecutors also affirmed in a separate letter to Schulenberg's attorneys that the doctor is not a target of a federal criminal investigation. The search was carried out to determine how the singer-songwriter, who was reportedly struggling with addiction at the time, was able to obtain fentanyl. "There is also no evidence to suggest any other sinister motive or intent or conspiracy to murder Prince".

Authorities say Schulenberg prescribed oxycodone for Prince, again under Johnson's name.

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