Prince investigation evidence released to public

Oscar Cross
April 22, 2018

Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57 when he was found unresponsive in his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016.

- Saturday is now "Prince Day" in Minnesota, honoring the life and legacy of the music icon on the two-year anniversary of his death.

Paramedic Justin Fredrickson said it was "immediately" clear to him that Prince was not breathing, and he believed he was suffering from opiate intake, according to documents released by the Carver County Sheriff's Office.

While Metz said that there is "no doubt" that the actions of those around Prince would be eyed suspiciously, "suspicions and innuendo are categorically insufficient" to file charges.

Investigators were unable to identify who gave Prince the pills laced with fentanyl, but they said they did not think the drugs were given to the star with the intent to kill or harm him.


Johnson had also told the EMS responders that night Prince would sometimes take a Percocet after a show, but didn't respond when the paramedic questioned whether he was sure that's all he took.

Metz said investigators were confident none of the medications prescribed by Schulenberg had caused Prince's death.

Other photos show texts allegedly between Johnson and Schulenberg, as well as images from inside Prince's elevator and private vault. Schulenberg did so, again under Johnson's name, Metz said.

"There is no evidence the pills that killed Prince were prescribed by a doctor".

Prince enters and leaves a clinic in Minnetonka, shortly before he died. A law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Associated Press that the federal investigation is now inactive unless new information emerges. The medical examiner determined that the singer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the federal case remains open.

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