Prince died from an opioid overdose, a source told the Associated Press (via the BBC). The legendary singer died on April 21, and more than a month later tests reveal he passed away from a drug overdose. At the beginning of May, the investigation into Princeâ€™s death took a turn when the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office and Drug Enforcement Administration joined the efforts.
â€œThe U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriffâ€™s investigation,â€ a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office told E! News. â€œThe DEA and U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion.
While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.â€ The two agenciesâ€™ involvement in the investigation came shortly after the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a report that said the â€œPurple Rainâ€ crooner was supposed to meet with a California doctor who specializes in addiction.
Prince was allegedly suffering from an addiction to pain killers and had representatives reach out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a national authority on opioid addiction treatment, because Prince was â€œdealing with a grave medical emergency,â€ said William Mauzy, an attorney working with the Kornfeld family