Prince May Have Had An Opioid Addiction, Say Doctors

Lawyers representing the medical team who discovered an unconscious, unresponsive Prince on April 21st have provided more details on the events that lead up to the singer’s death. In a statement, the lawyers have revealed that Prince may have been afflicted by an addition to opioids in the form of painkillers.

Contacted by Prince’s representatives, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a specialist in painkiller addiction was charged with monitoring Prince and bringing him to Recovery Without Walls clinic in Mill Valley, California to facilitate a recovery from his addiction, the doctor’s lawyer William Mauzy said.

As reported by The ABC, The Doctor wasted no time getting on the case, sending his son Andrew Kornfeld and another Minnesota doctor to pay a home call.

“Dr Kornfeld felt that his mission was a lifesaving mission. He certainly felt it to be urgent,” Mauzy told reporters in Minneapolis. “The hope was to get him [Prince] stabilised in Minnesota and convince him to come to Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley.”

However, uponAndrew Kornfeld’s arrival, he found Prince unconscious in his Paisley Park compound. The lawyers claim their client didn’t give medical assistance to the singer, in fact didn’t get the chance, and it’s now been confirmed that Andrew Kornfeld was the distressed 911 caller.

In the days before his departure, Prince’s plane made an unexpected stop in Moline, Illinois where he was briefly triaged before heading home. At the time, reps insisted it was a flu-related incident.

The lawyers’ statement, made in response to a report in Minneapolis’ Star Tribune newspaper, is the closest confirmation yet that painkillers may have played a role in Prince’s untimely death.

An autopsy was conducted prior to Prince’s cremation, however a cause of death has not yet been released.

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