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Prince Had Opiates On Him At Time Of Death, Reports Say

| by Sean Kelly
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Police investigating the death of Prince reportedly found opioid medication on his person.

On April 26, a Minneapolis, Minnesota, law enforcement official told CNN that authorities discovered the pills, which are commonly used to treat pain. According to the official, the DEA was brought in to help with the investigation due to the drugs found on Prince's person and in his home.

The official also revealed that Prince's unscheduled landing of his private plane just days before his death — and the hospitalization that followed — was likely the result of a reaction to the meds. 

Reports have circulated that Prince was given a "save shot" upon arriving at the hospital once his plane made the emergency landing — which meant he likely overdosed. However, these reports remain unconfirmed.

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Attorney Mike Padden, who represented Prince’s late stepbrother, Duane Nelson, and half-sister, Lorna Nelson, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the singer had a long-standing drug problem. 

"Lorna told me that her brother would die young … before his time and of a heart attack," Padden said. 

Since both Duane and Lorna are deceased, the validity of Padden's claims remains in question.

An autopsy was recently completed, though authorities are still awaiting results from it as well as toxicology results, CNN notes. The investigation and final cause of death will reportedly take weeks to complete. 

Prince, 57, was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, and he was last seen alive the night before at around 8 p.m., when he was dropped off at home. At the time of his death, he was alone at the compound. Officials said it wasn’t unusual for him to be alone given his private nature. 

TMZ reported that Prince made four trips to a Walgreens pharmacy in the week prior to his death. Police are allegedly investigating the purchases to determine who prescribed him the drug, as well as who filled the prescriptions and under what circumstances they were given to him. 

Prince’s estate is set to be temporarily handed over to a trust company, after a judge ruled that an emergency appointment was necessary because the singer didn’t have a will, the Associated Press notes. The company, Bremer Trust, will have the authority to supervise the singer’s assets and identify heirs to his multi million-dollar fortune.

Sources: CNN, TMZ, Minneapolis Star Tribune, AP via Fox News / Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

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