The death of pop legend, Prince, is still under investigation. Though there haven't been any criminal charges yet, investigators are still searching for the source of the drug that caused the fatal overdose. A new report says that a doctor was filling out prescriptions for a powerful painkiller in the name of a friend of the musician in order to protect Prince's privacy.
It has been a year since Prince, 57, was found dead in the elevator of his recording studio in Minnesota. Prince was addicted to prescription medications and was reportedly taking several types before his death.
The cause of death was ruled an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug considered to be 50 times more powerful than heroin. Death is a common side effect of the drug, as well as pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety and hypotension. It's unclear who obtained the fentanyl for Prince, and that person, if found, may face charges.
Prince was hospitalized just days before his death and was being given Narcan in the hospital. Against the advice of his doctors, the pop star checked out and resumed his busy schedule.
In addition to that, Prince was also being prescribed oxycodone, a semisynthetic opioid used for pain relief. This drug had not been prescribed directly to Prince, but to a friend, admitted Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg. According to the report, the doctor was trying to protect Prince's privacy by allowing someone else to fill the prescription.
On Monday, authorities unsealed search warrants and searched Paisley Park, Prince's home and studio, as well as cellphone records of his associates. They also went through his emails to try and figure out where he got the fentanyl that ultimately resulted in his death. If the person is found, authorities expect a grand jury will be assembled to determine if the people involved can be held accountable for the star’s death.