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.”