Newly unsealed documents offer even more insight into Prince’s accidental overdose nearly a year ago.
ET obtained court documents on Monday in the death investigation of the singer, and the results of the search warrant shows that bottles of opioid painkillers were found throughout Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Some of the bottles were prescribed to Prince’s longtime friend, Kirk Johnson, which Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg claimed was done to protect Prince’s privacy. According to the documents, a suitcase labeled with the name tag “Peter Bravestrong” — an alias investigators say Prince sometimes used — was found containing multiple pill bottles in Johnson’s name, as well as the lyrics to “U Got the Look,” thought to be in Prince’s handwriting.
Some of the pills seized at Prince’s home were mislabeled as hydrocodone when they were really the opioid fentanyl, the strongest painkiller on the market.
Johnson told authorities that he was unaware that Prince had an addiction to painkillers, but according to the search warrant, investigators were told by witnesses that the singer “recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication.”
As for Dr. Schulenberg, he left his job at North Memorial Medical Center nearly three weeks after Prince’s death. The search warrant notes that Schulenberg said he saw Prince on April 7 and 20, and prescribed him medications to be picked up at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy. He had also shown up to Paisley Park on April 21 — the day Prince was found dead in an elevator of an accidental overdose of fentanyl — to drop off some test results for the singer.
The investigation is ongoing.