Prince Died Of Painkiller Overdose
- Author: Rogelio Lindsey Jun 12, 2016,
Jun 12, 2016, 3:22
Medics revealed this week that the 57-year-old singer died from a self-administered overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Sources close to the investigation, admit to knowing "for a long time" that Fentanyl was the cause of The Purple One's death. Kornfeld, the son of addiction specialist Howard Kornfeld, MD then detailed his own struggles with unimaginable pain as a result of his fight with Crohn's Disease, noting that he could relate to what Prince dealt with and why the artist felt like he needed constant medication.
Kornfeld, the son of California addiction specialist Howard Kornfeld, lamented how hard it is for many people addicted to opioids to access medications like buprenorphine.
Prince "wasn't walking around drugged up" before his death, the star's lawyer has said, following suggestions the singer might have overdosed the week before he died. He says they had nothing to do with Prince's death. Kornfeld now works with his father at the Mill Valley, California, addiction outpatient clinic, Recovery Without Walls, and says he is preparing to apply to medical school. His son, Andrew, who is not a doctor, went to Minneapolis.
He emphasized that the younger Kornfeld's actions were appropriate for a medical emergency and added that people who request aid via 911 for individuals who have overdosed acquire "immunity" for certain actions surrounding their attempts to help the victims.
Fentanyl-related overdoses killed more than 700 people nationwide from late 2013 to early 2015, the most recent report period for which complete data are available, according to the DEA. Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners, said the doctor was interviewed by investigators April 21, right after Prince's death, but has had "no further requests from investigators" since.
Although the death was formally ruled an accident, that merely signified that it was not intentional and does not preclude a criminal prosecution.
According to research published in the journal Annals of Pharmacotherapy, as little as a quarter milligram of fentanyl can be fatal.
Illegally distributing fentanyl to someone who then dies from it is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years under U.S. federal law. Under Minnesota Law, the person can face a third-degree murder charge and up to 25 years in jail. Now that this has been determined, the trail begins in earnest as to who supplied him with them.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid - its chemical name is the tongue-twisting N-phenyl-N-[1-(2 phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl] monohydrochloride - that was first formulated during the 1950s as a safer and more effective alternative to the painkillers morphine and meperidine.
It wasn't used in mainstream medicine until the mid-1990s when it became available as a patch. "It's very easy to overdose if you don't really know what you're doing".
The report also marks another heartbreaking turn for Prince fans who haven't stopped mourning, since his death. At the time, his publicist said he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. He jokes about having been "under the weather", giving a slight smile. His voice seems feeble while speaking but sounds fine during his 80-minute concert.
Prince's private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois and the singer was rushed to a local hospital where the shot was administered.
Paramedics performed CPR but were unable to revive him, authorities said.
April 20: Schulenberg visits Prince again.
Dr. Howard Kornfield is a California physician who specializes in opioid addiction recovery.
Prince Rogers Nelson died in April at age 57 after he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He tells a detective that he was there to give the test results and that he had prescribed medications that were to brought from Walgreen's pharmacy.