An unnamed law enforcement official, speaking anonymously, says that Prince died from overdosing on prescribed, opioid-based painkillers.
Test results show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, according to an anonymous law enforcement official who has seen the report.
The Associated Press on Thursday (June 2nd) quoted the official, who “spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.” The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet officially released test results, and the most recent statement from them merely said “we have no new information”.
Prince performing at Roskilde Festival 2010
The iconic pop singer was discovered dead at the age of 57 at his home and studio complex Paisley Park in Minnesota on April 21st. An autopsy was performed the next day, but results proved inconclusive and further toxicology tests were undertaken to establish the cause of death.
Prince’s body was cremated the weekend after his death, with a small ceremony held for close friends and family. Since then, it has been discovered that the star died without making a will, meaning the destiny of his estate has been subject to court claims by those claiming to be related to him.
TMZ reported in the weeks afterwards that Prince had been addicted to opioid painkillers for years before his death, after being prescribed the drugs when he experienced hip problems in 2009, and speculated that an overdose on the substance accounted for his private plane being diverted for an emergency landing the weekend before his death.
CNN also reported that law enforcement officials found prescription opioid medication on his person at the time of his death.
It was also reported that Prince was due to meet with an addiction specialist doctor on April 22nd, the day after his death. However, the doctor in question couldn’t make it from California fast enough, so sent his son (licensed at the same practice as his father) ahead of him with a substance to give to the singer. His son is also the same person who discovered Prince’s body and put in the 911 call.