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Prince had opioid meds with him when died

By AFP 28 April 2016   |   10:19 am
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2007 shows US musician Prince performing during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. A judge on April 27, 2016 appointed a special administrator to oversee Prince's estate, accepting a request from the sister of the pop star who died without leaving a will. Kevin Eide, a district judge in suburban Carver County in Minnesota, said he heard no objections during a conference call with parties of interest and ordered a more formal hearing on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2007 shows US musician Prince performing during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.<br />A judge on April 27, 2016 appointed a special administrator to oversee Prince’s estate, accepting a request from the sister of the pop star who died without leaving a will.<br />Kevin Eide, a district judge in suburban Carver County in Minnesota, said he heard no objections during a conference call with parties of interest and ordered a more formal hearing on Monday.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT

Prince had prescription opioid medication on him and in his home when he died last week, US media reported, although autopsy results have yet to indicate why the pop icon died.

CNN reported late Wednesday that the pills were found both on Prince’s person and at his Paisley Park compound, citing a law enforcement official.

The prescription pills, which are used to treat pain, were discovered “at the death scene” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Tribune reported that that the drugs’ role in Prince’s death was under investigation, citing unnamed sources. Meanwhile CNN said that the US Drug Enforcement Administration had been called in to help with the case.

Individuals with knowledge of an emergency stop made by Prince’s plane just days before the star’s death said that he had overdosed on an opioid at that time, according to the Tribune.

Paramedics responding to the emergency gave Prince an injection of the opioid antidote Narcan, it said.

The 57-year-old “Purple Rain” creator, one of the most acclaimed and unique artists of his generation, was hospitalized complaining of flu-like symptoms after his plane landing on his way back from Atlanta where he performed what would be his final full-fledged concerts.

The cause of Prince’s death remains unknown.

Authorities have said that at least four weeks would be needed for results of Prince’s autopsy, which was conducted before his cremation.



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