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Prince Update: Percocet Found in Singer’s System on Day of Death (Report)

Musician reportedly overdosed on the opioid painkiller days before he was found

Prince had Percocet in his system on April 21, the day of his death, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

According to “a source familiar with the investigation,” the opioid painkiller — which Prince reportedly overdosed on days before his death — was found in the singer’s system, though it is not yet known whether the drug caused his death at age 57.

A spokeswoman for the Midwest Medical Examiner was unable to confirm the Star Tribune’s report when contacted by TheWrap.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that the criminal probe into the “Purple Rain” musician’s death is homing in on the role that Percocet might have played, with law enforcement looking into whether Prince had been over-prescribed by his doctors. They’re also looking into whether Prince and his doctors might have used aliases for prescriptions.

As reported earlier this week, on the day before Prince’s death staff members enlisted the aid of Mill Valley, California-based addiction expert Dr. Howard Kornfeld. Kornfeld’s son, Andrew Kornfeld, arrived at Prince’s Paisley Park home the morning that the singer was found unresponsive in the elevator of his home. The elder Kornfeld was scheduled to arrive Apr. 22, the day after Prince’s death.

Prince reportedly had painkillers in his possession when he was found.

The results of an April 22 autopsy are still pending.