Doc prescribed Prince meds under friend's name

Tomas Mccoy
April 18, 2017

Court documents released by Minnesota authorities on Monday (17Apr17) show that the police officers who responded to the scene after the singer's death at his Paisley Park mansion on 21 April past year (16) found "numerous" pills in his bedroom and other areas of his home. Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg admitted prescribing the musician with the drug in the name of Johnson "for Prince's privacy".

Search warrants and other documents related to criminal cases are normally public record, but authorities had requested all documents related to the Prince death investigation be sealed as the probe proceeded.

Several medications were prescribed to Prince under the name of Kirk Johnson, his longtime bodyguard, assistant and personal friend, the warrants show. Schulenberg said he placed the prescription under Prince's bodyguard's name, the documents state. The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted the California addiction specialist as they were trying to get Prince help.

"Dr. Schulenberg has been and remains committed to providing full transparency regarding his practice as it relates to the Prince investigation". The search warrants don't reveal the outcome of the email searches.

The documents also revealed that Prince did not use a cellphone, and that he had email accounts in various aliases.

Messages left with attorneys for Schulenberg and Johnson weren't immediately returned Monday.

The legal papers also suggest that Prince was battling with prescription opioid addiction.


The day before Prince's death, Schulenberg prescribed three drugs for him: clonidine, which is used to treat high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder, and the anti-anxiety agents Valium and hydroxyzine pamoate.

Police were summoned to the artist's Paisley Park estate after he was found dead in an elevator on the morning of April 21, 2016. "You know, your joints get, you know, hurt".

Johnson had picked up various non-opioid medications for Prince the day before the entertainer's death, and his name was found on some of the bottles in Prince's estate. Kornfeld can not clear his schedule to fly to Minnesota immediately, so he sends his son, Andrew, on an overnight flight.

Joe Tamburino is not associated with the Prince case.

Despite the search warrants which reveal Prince's access to other controlled substances, investigators still haven't traced the source of the Fentanyl that killed him, according to the latest search warrants filed last September.

On another occasion, within weeks of their 1996 wedding, Garcia said she was informed that Prince was in the hospital and had to have his stomach pumped.

The probe included searches of Prince's computer, cellphone records of his friends and interviews with his associates. Andrew Kornfeld was the person who called 911, Mauzy said. First responders revived him with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. If questions remain six months from now, however, he said he'd question what law enforcement is doing.

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