Minnesota prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed in Prince's death

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No criminal charges were filed in music legend Prince's drug overdose death in 2016, a Minnesota prosecutor announced Thursday, saying the artist died after consuming counterfeit Vicodin pills laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Last April, ET obtained court documents in the death investigation of the singer, and the results of the search warrant showed that bottles of opioid painkillers were found throughout Prince's Paisley Park compound.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said Prince had suffered from pain for years and was addicted to pain medication.

During the press conference, however, Metz said there was no evidence of how Prince obtained the painkiller, which is why no charges can be filed. The doctor prescribed medication under the name of Prince's close friend and longtime bodyguard Kirk Johnson.

In a separate development, a doctor who treated the musician in his final weeks has been fined for allegedly writing a prescription knowing it would be used by another person, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota said in a statement. "Prince's death was a tragedy that few could experience more deeply than Kirk Johnson".


Tyler says Johnson continues to deny that he had anything to do with Prince's death. However, Price was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Schulenberg's attorney has disputed that.

The day before his death, Paisley Park staffers contacted California addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld.

A message to Prince on the Riley Creek underpass in front of Paisley Park.

Schulenberg has 30 days to settle the fine after federal prosecutors say he broke federal drug rules on April 14, 2016, when he filled out an oxycodone "in the name of an individual, knowing that the controlled substances were meant to be used by another individual". But the attorney stressed that it wasn't percocet that killed Prince.

Never-before-released audio and video of Prince will be featured during the concert.


The source of the fentanyl dose that killed the singer is still unknown.

Associates at Paisley Park told investigators that Prince had been "going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication", according to an affidavit unsealed in state court a year ago. "Dr. Schulenberg has previously disclosed all information regarding his care and treatment of Prince to his employers, law enforcement, and regulatory authorities in the course of his complete cooperation with all related investigations".

On April 21, 2016, Prince overdosed on a fentanyl drug at 57-years-old. Prince did not have any prescriptions for Fentanyl.

The geriatrician previously told authorities he prescribed oxycodone to Prince confidant Kirk Johnson so the musician could hide his painkiller problem.

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


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