Thursday, 2 June 2016


Music icon Prince allegedly died of an opioid overdose, a law-enforcement source who insisted on anonymity told The Associated Press that Prince who was 57 years old, was found in an elevator on his Minnesota estate on April 21. Law-enforcement official tells AP that tests show music superstar Prince died of an opioid overdose.

Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show. The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. It was not immediately clear whether Prince had a prescription for the drug and, if not, how he obtained it. At least one friend has said he suffered from intense knee and hip pain from many years of stage performances. The results raised the possibility that anyone who provided the drug illegally could face criminal charges. Although the death was formally ruled an accident, that merely signified that it was not intentional and in no way precludes prosecution.

After Prince died, authorities began reviewing whether an overdose was to blame and whether he had been prescribed drugs in the preceding weeks. According to a one-page report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, Prince administered the drug himself on an unknown date. The office said the death investigation is complete, and it had no further comment. Confirmation that Prince died of an opioid overdose was first reported by The Associated Press. The autopsy report was released hours later.

HENRY E. J Williams

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