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Prince Had Prescription Painkillers When He Died (Report)

Singer died April 21, just days after reported Percocet overdose

Music legend Prince had prescription painkillers in his possession when he died, according to law enforcement officials.

NBC News also reports that painkillers were found in the singer’s Minnesota residence, where he was found unresponsive April 21.

According to NBC, the Carver County sheriff is enlisting the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the investigation. The DEA will assist in finding out where the painkillers came from, as well as what prescriptions the singer may have had.


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An autopsy on the singer was completed on Friday by the Midwest Medical Examiner, though the examiner’s office said that the results could take weeks.

The singer’s body was cremated, and a memorial service was held for him over the weekend.

Authorities responded to an emergency call and found the singer unresponsive in the elevator of his home, dubbed Paisley Park. Responders were unable to revive him.


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According to TMZ, the singer’s plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., on April 15, and Prince was rushed to the hospital to be treated for an overdose of the opioid painkiller Percocet.

On Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that a longtime attorney for two of Prince’s siblings told authorities his clients told him over a decade ago that Prince had “substantial” drug problems, specifically with Percocet and cocaine.

TMZ reported Wednesday that Prince had suffered from a Percocet addiction for years, obtaining a prescription for the painkiller for hip issues in 2009. By the time the singer underwent surgery to correct the hip problem, the site reported, he had already become addicted.

According to court papers filed by Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson, the “When Doves Cry” musician did not leave a will. On Wednesday, a Minnesota court appointed Bremer Trust, National Association as special administrator of the singer’s estate. For a number of years, Bremer Bank, National Association had provided financial services for the singer.

11 Songs You Didn't Realize Prince Wrote, From 'Manic Monday' to 'Stand Back' (Videos)

"Manic Monday" by The Bangles Prince wrote this track for Apollonia 6 in 1984, but decided to hold onto it. Two years later, it became the Bangles' breakout hit.
"Jungle Love" by The Time The Time's biggest impact on pop culture, "Jungle Love" was co-written by Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr.
"Round and Round" by Tevin Campbell Prince wrote and produced this song for Campbell's platinum debut record "T.E.V.I.N."
"I Feel For You" by Chaka Khan Originally appeared on Prince's 1979 self-titled album and made famous five years later. Prince won a Grammy for Best R&B Song for her cover.
"Love Song" by Madonna Prince player guitar, uncredited, on three "Like a Prayer" tracks, and "Love Song" was a full-blown collaboration between the two.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor Originally performed by Prince's side project the Family, Sinead O'Connor's cover turned the track into a smash.
"The Glamorous Life" by Sheila E Sheila E was Prince's protege of sorts, and her biggest hit was written and produced by him
"A Love Bizarre" by Sheila E Sheila E's other big hit also was written by and featured Prince's background vocals.
"The Bird" by The Time Prince wrote, produced and played all the instruments except guitar on what would be one of the Time's seminal hits.
“How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore“ by Alicia Keys Originally a B-side for the Prince record "1999," Keys revived it in 2001 with a spelling change -- the Prince version was called "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore."
"Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks The story goes that Nicks wrote "Stand Back" while listening to the Prince track "Little Red Corvette" -- and then Prince decided to help out with the studio recording, playing synth and probably contributing in other more intangible ways.