Prince had prescription painkillers on him when he died, reports say

Prince died April 21 at 57.
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Prince was in possession of prescription painkillers at the time of his death and local officials have sought the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the investigation, according to published reports.

NBC Nightly News cited unnamed law enforcement officials on Wednesday saying that prescription painkillers were in the pop star’s possession when he died and that the county sheriff investigating the death is asking for help from the DEA.

A CNN report on Thursday stated that authorities investigating the death found opioid medication on his person and in his Minnesota home.


CNN cited an unnamed law enforcement official in its report. It also stated that the DEA has been brought onto the case.

A spokesman for the DEA declined to comment when reached by phone. A representative for the Carver County Sheriff’s office in Minnesota didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Wednesday, a Minnesota court appointed Bremer Trust, National Assn. as special administrator for Prince’s estate. The rock star’s sister, Tyka Nelson, had requested in court papers this week that Bremer be appointed because Bremer Bank provided financial services to Prince for many years.

Prince, who was 57, died April 21 at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. An autopsy has been completed but no results have been publicly released.


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