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Prince Planned To Meet With Addiction Doctor

| by Jonathan Constante
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Attorney William Mauzy says Prince's representatives made arrangements for the musician to meet with a California doctor to help kick his addiction to painkillers just before his death.

Prince’s representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld April 20 to seek emergency help, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The day after, Prince was found dead in an elevator in his Paisley Park compound.

Kornfeld runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California. On his website, he describes his practice as "specializing in innovative, evidence-based medical treatment for chronic pain and drug and alcohol addiction."

Mauzy, who is representing the Kornfeld family, said the doctor was called because Prince "was dealing with a grave medical emergency." However, Kornfeld could not immediately meet with Prince, so he sent his son, Andrew, a consultant in his firm, to discuss how the confidential treatment would work.

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"The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan," Mauzy told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission."

Andrew arrived at Paisley Park at 9:30 a.m. April 21. Mauzy said Andrew was one of three people who found Prince’s body and the person who ultimately called 911.

A record of the 911 call indicates the caller did not know the address of the compound, The Associated Press reported.

A law enforcement official recently revealed that there was an ongoing investigation to determine whether Prince died from an overdose, and if he had suffered an overdose when his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, less than a week before his death.

Officials were also investigating whether or not a doctor was involved, and if a doctor was present on the plane that made the emergency landing, Mashable reported.

Authorities have not yet released an official cause of death. An autopsy was done the day after Prince’s death, but results were not expected for as many as four weeks.

Source: Star Tribune, Associated Press, Mashable / Photo credit: WireImage via Mashable

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