Unsealed Documents Reveal Prince’s Meds Were Not Prescribed

Prince performs on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/Getty)

Court documents regarding the death of Prince have been unsealed on Monday morning, and have revealed a great deal about the musical icon.

According to CNN, these documents reveal that none of the medications or painkillers found in Prince’s home were legally prescribed to him. Countless bottles of opioid painkillers were found on the Paisley Park estate, while many other medications were discovered in vitamin pill bottles and unmarked envelopes.

Kirk Johnson, Prince assistant and former drummer.

These documents also reveal that Prince’s physician, Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, wrote the singer a prescription for Oxycodene under the name of Kirk Johnson– a former drummer and longtime Prince assistant– for privacy purposes. Schulenberg, who treated Prince for chronic hip pain, told investigators that he had issued the prescription on April 14th, 2016, a week before his death, and the same day the singer’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after he overdosed after a concert.

While the unsealed documents do little to explain where Prince obtained the fenatyl that provided him with a fatal overdose, it does provide a greater understanding as to the state of mind he was in at the time. CNN says that Prince recently “had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication. TMZ also reports that the singer would regularly be given B12 injections before his concerts and that “they were set up through his managers.”

The documents reveal that investigators found close to a hundred white pills ‘Watson 853″ (a mixture of acetaminophen and hydrocodone) in an Aleve bottle and several prescriptions made out to “Peter Bravestrong”– an alias that Prince would often use while touring– at Paisley Park.

Prince’s death certificate.

According to Rolling Stone, “interviews with those who were at Paisley Park the morning Prince was found deceased have provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements.” So while authorities have yet to charge anyone in connection to Prince’s death, the investigation remains open and active pending further developments. Read all of the unsealed documents here.

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