Prince Died of Fentanyl Overdose, Autopsy Reveals

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Prince died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose, his official autopsy results reveal.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate prescribed to treat severe pain, especially after surgery or a medical procedure. It’s said to be more potent than morphine.

The legendary singer was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Minneapolis on April 21. He was 57.

The startling autopsy results also show that the music icon — who was 5′ 2” — was 112 pounds at the time of his death.

The Associated Press had reported this morning that Prince died of an opioid overdose. A law-enforcement official, who was not authorized to speak to the media, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

An initial autopsy was inconclusive, but investigators found that the “Purple Rain” singer was in possession of prescription painkillers at the time of his death. Drug Enforcement Administration officials are investigating where the drugs came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained.

Prince was treated for a drug overdose six days before his death, according to TMZ. His plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., in April due to a medical emergency. His rep told Variety at the time that the singer was struggling with the flu. According to TMZ, he had instead overdosed on the opioid painkiller Percocet.

He was reportedly scheduled to meet with an addiction specialist one day after he was found dead.

The singer was cremated and allegedly left no will. Prince’s death has sparked a legal battle between family members over who inherits the bulk of his estate.

The pop singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member’s hits include “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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    1. Valerie Craig says:

      So sad another icon succumb to a over dose. His team shouldn’t have left him alone especially since he had that incident prior to him dying. RIP, Prince

    2. Buxpub says:

      I can’t believe Prince died of a drug overdose. Another one was taken and it’s not fair. Why do all the greatest artists leave too soon?

    3. Nanny Mo says:

      Another druggie death and we want to legalize drugs so adults can make up their own minds about life. It’s a hard one. I think there are too many laws and taxes and limited choices in the land of the free but it’s also a shame to see another talent bite the dust and lie about how it all happened.

      • Markwiss says:

        Perhaps your screen name should be Manny, No. Bad Manny, No! You contradicted your first sentence with your last one in a three sentence reply. The drugs he was on were legal. Where…? How… do you think that the drug legalization discussion is even relevant here?

    4. I tend to wonder why the DEA has not seen the result of this NEW MEDIA ANTAGONIST on the current and long standing affects and treatment of the LOST WAR ON DRUGS AND CANNIBIS.
      DEA-CONSIDER THIS AND THE NUMEROUS new media COMMENTS FOR THE WAR TO END NOW; AND, the new WAR ON CORPORATE- MASS MERCHANDISING OF DRUGS THAT ARE KILLING AMERICANS! THIS new media IS TO BE THE BEST PETITION FOR THESE WARS TO END NOW IN THE USA AND THE NEW WAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST COPRPORATE PHARMECEUTICALS AND MERCHANDISE THAT ARE LEAGALLY AVAILABLE.

    5. JE Vizzusi says:

      I would expect the Doctor from Northern California will be investigated.

    6. Larry Harris says:

      Was he in a state of mind to not consider what would happen to his estate?

    7. Michelle says:

      Shocking that there was no will!

      • Nanny Mo says:

        No, I suspect he believed he was going to live (or possibly live forever.) I don’t think he thought it through, hence the overdose and the no will.

    8. Lisa says:

      So tragic. What an absolute loss. May he rest in peace.

    9. Tina Ayael says:

      It’s that local Doctors fault. He misdiagnosed Princes condition and gave him the incorrect prescriptions. He’s the murderer.

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