Pale, gaunt and ‘antsy’ Prince is seen in his doctor’s office a day before his death and his assistant is seen on multiple trips to Walgreens to collect pills in new videos of the star’s final hours

By Mario Tacher on Apr 20 in Legal News.

The pop sensation was caught on surveillance cameras walking down a hallway with his assistant Kirk Johnson and Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg during his battle with painkiller dependency and opiate withdrawal in the final days of his life.

He went in to see the doctor on April 20 while his closest friends and supporters grew increasingly concerned about his declining health.

A day later, on April 21, the 57-year-old suffered a fatal drug overdose. His body was found next to the elevator at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

The clip was released on Thursday along with a trove of videos, documents and photos from the investigation – including chilling footage taken from inside his house just after he died and dashcam video of cops racing to the scene.

They were made public just hours after Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said no one would face criminal charges in the musician’s death.

 

The video shows Prince on April 20 looking gaunt and withdrawn as he follows an unidentified man in a light-coloured shirt and trousers down the hallway of the surgery. His pallid face is just visible underneath a black hooded top. Also pictured is Prince's assistant Kirk Johnson

The video shows Prince on April 20 looking gaunt and withdrawn as he follows an unidentified man in a light-coloured shirt and trousers down the hallway of the surgery. His pallid face is just visible underneath a black hooded top. Also pictured is Prince’s assistant Kirk Johnson

Metz confirmed that Prince died of a fentanyl overdose, but said no one could be blamed.

He added that investigators could not figure out who was giving Prince the counterfeit Vicodin pills – which were laced with fentanyl – that killed him. Officials said that Prince had no idea the pills contained fentanyl.

Another video released by investigators showed Johnson going to pick up prescriptions for Prince from a local Walgreens twice in the space of just 90 minutes, the day before he died.

During his visit with Dr Schulenberg, the Purple Rain singer complained of feeling ‘antsy’.

Prince suggested he may have been suffering side effects because he had stopped taking the painkiller Tylenol that morning.

The video shows Prince following a man in a light-colored shirt, believed to be the doctor, inside the entrance of the surgery.

Johnson walks several inches behind and closes the door behind him as they trio continue along the carpeted corridor.

This led the doctor to suggest he could be suffering from opiate withdrawal.

An announcement earlier on Thursday by the US Attorney’s Office revealed Dr Schulenberg had agreed to pay a $30,000 settlement over a prescription he provided for Johnson on April 14.

He allegedly wrote a prescription for oxycodone on April 14 in the name of Prince’s bodyguard, intending for the potent painkiller to go Prince, in a potential breach of federal drug laws.

Dr Schulenberg will not be investigated further and investigators are keen to stress they have no evidence the medic provided the dose of fentanyl that killed Prince.

Metz said no prosecutors had been able to determine who supplied the fentanyl pills – disguised under the brand name Vicodin – that caused the star’s accidental overdose.

And nor have they been able to find evidence Prince or his entourage knew the pills were counterfeits, or that anyone had conspired to kill him.

‘To actively charge a crime requires probable cause and a reasonable likelihood of conviction. The bottom line is that we simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death,’ said Metz.

Dashcam footage also showed cops speeding through the entrance into Paisley Park after getting a call about Prince 

Dashcam footage also showed cops speeding through the entrance into Paisley Park after getting a call about Prince

The Walgreens video, meanwhile, shows Johnson entering the store at 5.45pm and 7pm and taking away prescriptions.

Johnson, who is dressed in dark clothes is seen lingering by the counter and talking to a shop assistant in blue overalls before leaving with the medication. The singer is thought to have been waiting outside while the transactions were taking place.

Prince is thought to have taken out prescriptions at several Walgreens stores four times in the week leading up to his death.

Family members also claimed that on April 20 he passed at least eight other pharmacies before entering Walgreens, leading to suggestions he could have picked up multiple prescriptions and tried to hide the paper trail, TMZ reported.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio compound on April 21, 2016.

His death sparked a national outpouring of grief and prompted a joint investigation by Carver County and federal authorities.

An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

 Images taken from inside his home by DEA investigators trying to find evidence of federal drug crimes showed the interior strewn with bottles containing various pills

 Images taken from inside his home by DEA investigators trying to find evidence of federal drug crimes showed the interior strewn with bottles containing various pills

It is not clear where Prince obtained the Fentanyl-laced pills that killed him. Pictured is a photo released by the medical examiner showing a pouch with the word 'opium' written on it

It is not clear where Prince obtained the Fentanyl-laced pills that killed him. Pictured is a photo released by the medical examiner showing a pouch with the word ‘opium’ written on it

Images from inside Prince's  Paisley Park estate showed how it was left after the singer's overdose

Images from inside Prince’s  Paisley Park estate showed how it was left after the singer’s overdose

Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg, who has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation over Prince's death is seen in an undated file photo

Dr Schulenberg (right) who prescribed Prince (left) opioid painkillers just before his death will pay a $30,000 fine

TIMELINE: WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WEEKS BEFORE PRINCE’S DEATH ON APRIL 21, 2016?

Prince was found dead of an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl on April 21, 2016. 

Here are some key moments in the weeks before his death, and the investigation that followed, based on information from interviews and court documents:

April 7, 2016 — Dr. Michael Schulenberg, a Minnesota primary care physician, sees Prince. Also, two Prince concerts in Atlanta are postponed. The artist said at the time he had fallen ill with the flu.

April 14 — Prince performs makeup concerts in Atlanta, apologizing to fans. He jokes about having been ‘under the weather,’ giving a slight smile. His voice seems a bit weak at times while speaking, but sounds fine when singing during his 80-minute show.

April 14 — Schulenberg allegedly wrote out a prescription for the opioid oxycodone in the name of Prince’s friend, Kirk Johnson, with the intention that the drug go to Prince, according to a search warrant. Schulenberg’s attorney has disputed that.

April 14-April 15 — Prince falls ill on a flight home from Atlanta, and the plane makes an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois. Prince was found unconscious on the plane and was given two doses of naloxone, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses. Johnson is on the flight and tells hospital staff that Prince might have taken Percocet, and one witness said Prince admitted to taking one to two pain pills. Prince refused treatment at a hospital and was released.

April 16 — Prince hosts a dance party at his Paisley Park complex and makes a brief appearance, showing off a new purple piano. ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,’ he tells fans.

April 20 — Prince is seen by Schulenberg again. One court document says Johnson had contacted the doctor to see Prince about hip pain, and Schulenberg prescribed medications. Johnson went to Walgreen’s to pick up Prince’s prescriptions and allegedly told investigators it was the first time he had done that for Prince.

April 20 — Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist, is asked by Prince representatives to help the star. Kornfeld sends his son, a non-physician, on a red-eye flight to Minnesota, carrying a drug used to treat opiate addiction.

April 21 — Andrew Kornfeld and others find Prince, 57, unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park. Schulenberg arrived ‘on the death scene’ at some point, according to a search warrant affidavit. He tells a detective he was there to drop off test results, and that he had prescribed medications that were to be filled at Walgreen’s.

April 28 — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.

June 2 — A Minnesota medical examiner announces that Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller up to 50 times more potent than heroin. The autopsy report says Prince administered the drug himself.

August 21 — An official close to the investigation tells the AP that some of the pills taken from Paisley Park were counterfeit drugs that contained fentanyl. Dozens of pills were found at the scene, including some that also contained the drug U-47700. The official also said Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died. Authorities were still investigating the source of the drugs, many of which Prince had with him during the April 15 stop in Moline.

April 17, 2017 — State search warrants and affidavits are unsealed, painting a picture of Prince as a man struggling with addiction to opioids. The documents say various pills were stashed in bottles around Paisley Park, and that Paisley Park, cellphone records of Prince’s associates, and Prince’s email accounts were searched. The documents shed no new light on how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.

February  7, 2018 — Attorneys for Prince’s siblings file a motion to view investigative data, saying their time is running out to file a potential lawsuit in Moline, Illinois. A motion to review autopsy data is filed the following day.

February 9 — Carver County Attorney Mark Metz objects to release of data, saying the criminal investigation is ongoing.

March 22 — Metz issues a statement saying he’ll make a decision on charges ‘in the near future.’

March 26 — Details emerge from a confidential toxicology report that sheds light on just how much fentanyl Prince had in his system. The report says the concentration of fentanyl in Prince’s blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter and the level in his liver was 450 micrograms per kilogram — both well above what the report indicated could be toxic. Experts called the levels ‘exceedingly high.’

March 28 — A judge allows attorneys for Prince’s family to view investigative data under strict restrictions.

April 18 — Metz says he will make an April 19 announcement on whether anyone will be charged.

Metz said several pills were found at the Paisley Park complex after Prince died, and many of them were not in their original pharmaceutical containers.

Some of those pills were later determined to be counterfeit, and state and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for nearly two years.

Images taken inside Prince’s home by investigators revealed Prince’s battle with drugs, with pills bottles found scattered throughout the multi-million dollar property.

Two dozen pills were contained within two bottles of CVS-branded Vitamin C tables inside a black suitcase.

One plastic bag contained three bottles, which were all marked with the Walgreens brand name.

Two of the bottles contained medicines that can be used to counter the symptoms of opiate withdrawal – hydroxyzine and clonidine.

Footage taken from inside the home after he died also showed a property festooned in the singer’s achievements, yet strangely lacking of many personal touches, such as photos of friends or family.

The legendary performer’s iconic style can also be seen reflected throughout his home, with heavenly themed murals and even a pair of eyes watching over the house from above.

His symbol, which Prince famously once demanded he only be referred to as, was also represented all over the Paisley Park mansion, from murals and artwork, to a giant symbol on the floor of the main entertaining space.

Pictures of Prince feature all over the house, with entire doors covered with his different looks throughout the decades.

 

These containers of pills were also found on the singer's vast estate where he died on April 21. They bore the name of Kirk Johnson, his assistant 

These containers of pills were also found on the singer’s vast estate where he died on April 21. They bore the name of Kirk Johnson, his assistant

One work surface was seen strewn with a white powder next to a spoon with a cherry balanced on the top

One work surface was seen strewn with a white powder next to a spoon with a cherry balanced on the top

A bottle with a label reading 'Aspiring Regimen Bayer, safety coated' which was found inside Prince's house

A bottle with a label reading ‘Aspiring Regimen Bayer, safety coated’ which was found inside Prince’s house

Prince's body was recovered from outside the entrance to the elevator (pictured). Much of Prince's decor reflects his flair for the artistic - such as this yellow sun pattern, on a blue carpet 

Prince’s body was recovered from outside the entrance to the elevator (pictured). Much of Prince’s decor reflects his flair for the artistic – such as this yellow sun pattern, on a blue carpet

Officials also found a blue pencil case with the word ‘opium’ scrawled on the side in black marker pen.

One work surface was seen strewn with a white powder next to a spoon with a cherry balanced on the top.

Several tables are strewn with piles of cash.

Other photos show a bottle containing 10 pills with ‘TV150’ stamped on one side and ‘3’ on another – suggesting it was an acetaminophen/codeine mixture.

But search warrants suggest these pills were actually from an unused prescription written for Johnson by a Minnesota dentist.

Johnson is not facing any charges over Prince’s death. His attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, said he strongly denies any responsibility for the death of his friend.

Metz acknowledged that someone gave Prince the deadly pills, saying: ‘There is no doubt that the actions of individuals around Prince will be criticized, questioned and judged in the days and weeks to come.’

But he added: ‘Suspicions and innuendo are categorically insufficient to support any criminal charges.’

Two dozen pills were contained within two bottles of CVS-branded Vitamin C tables inside a black suitcase

Two dozen pills were contained within two bottles of CVS-branded Vitamin C tables inside a black suitcase

A plastic bag containing two unmarked blister packs of pills, and an assortment of other unidenitifed medication

A plastic bag containing two unmarked blister packs of pills, and an assortment of other unidenitifed medication

Multiple medicine bottles found on a granite work surface in Prince's house, next to a bundle of dollar notes

Multiple medicine bottles found on a granite work surface in Prince’s house, next to a bundle of dollar notes

Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg, who has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation over Prince's death is seen in an undated file photo

Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg, who has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation over Prince’s death is seen in an undated file photo

The messages show Johnson contacted Schulenberg on April 7, 2016 because Prince wasn’t feeling well and wanted fluids.

He wrote that Prince was supposed to ‘fly out today for a show. He might have some other issues I think.’

The messages show Schulenberg went to Paisley Park to treat Prince in private and later texted Johnson to wish them a safe trip.

Schulenberg said that Prince had no complications from the treatment but ‘just doesn’t look really well.

As you have known him longer you can tell that better than me.’ He offered to perform ‘some lab testing at a future date.’

Also on April 20, one of Prince’s representatives, possibly Johnson, contacted Dr Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist, to ask for help.

He sent his non-physician son Andrew on a red-eye flight to Minnesota, carrying a drug used to treat opiate addiction.

Andrew was one of several people to find Prince unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park. Schulenberg arrived ‘on the death scene’ at some point, according to a search warrant affidavit.

He told a detective he was there to drop off test results, and that he had prescribed medications that were to be filled at Walgreens.

Prince's doctor was concerned about the singer's ailing health in the days before he died, texts between him and a friend have revealed. He warned Kirk Johnson, a bodyguard and longtime pal of Prince, that 'he doesn't look well' after examining the singer in April 2016

Prince’s doctor was concerned about the singer’s ailing health in the days before he died, texts between him and a friend have revealed. He warned Kirk Johnson, a bodyguard and longtime pal of Prince, that ‘he doesn’t look well’ after examining the singer in April 2016

This string of messages shows the two men organising another time for Prince to receive a medical evaluation 

This string of messages shows the two men organising another time for Prince to receive a medical evaluation

Haunting images show the inside of Prince's Paisley Park compound after he overdosed on Fentanyl

Haunting images show the inside of Prince’s Paisley Park compound after he overdosed on Fentanyl

A note was found at the house, which recommends a mixture of stress relieving and fat burning drugs and remedies. One L-Tyrosine tablet was prescribed once in the morning, for stress, two Myocalm - bioavailable forms of calcium and magnesium which affect muscle contraction and relaxation, were to be taken in the evening, along with two Rhodiola, also known as 'golden root,' a herb with fat-burning and energy-enhancing properties

A note was found at the house, which recommends a mixture of stress relieving and fat burning drugs and remedies. One L-Tyrosine tablet was prescribed once in the morning, for stress, two Myocalm – bioavailable forms of calcium and magnesium which affect muscle contraction and relaxation, were to be taken in the evening, along with two Rhodiola, also known as ‘golden root,’ a herb with fat-burning and energy-enhancing properties

Investigators recovered a vast array of different drugs from Prince's home in April 2016 

Investigators recovered a vast array of different drugs from Prince’s home in April 2016

Another photo shoes investigators opening up a blue ziplock bag which has $5,400 of cash stuffed inside it

Another photo shoes investigators opening up a blue ziplock bag which has $5,400 of cash stuffed inside it

The home included touching reminders that, aside from his wealth and fame, Prince was like anyone else. In this picture, the singer's local library card is shown

The home included touching reminders that, aside from his wealth and fame, Prince was like anyone else. In this picture, the singer’s local library card is shown

The elevator where Prince's body was recovered from. A rug lies out on the floor while a bowl of potpourri sits in the corner

The elevator where Prince’s body was recovered from. A rug lies out on the floor while a bowl of potpourri sits in the corner

Video taken from his Paisley Park mansion after his death showed the singer's body laid out on the floor

Video taken from his Paisley Park mansion after his death showed the singer’s body laid out on the floor

Investigators went through Prince's personal computers and laptops after he died from the accidential overdose 

Investigators went through Prince’s personal computers and laptops after he died from the accidential overdose

A shoe rack displays some of the famously short singer's eclectic taste in shoes. Many are heeled, and are metallic or glittery 

A shoe rack displays some of the famously short singer’s eclectic taste in shoes. Many are heeled, and are metallic or glittery

A desk is covered with artwork, next to a Bible and a dictionary, as well as a random assortment of cash, electronics and even a floppy disk 

A desk is covered with artwork, next to a Bible and a dictionary, as well as a random assortment of cash, electronics and even a floppy disk

The singer's vault contained shelf after shelf of private documents, files and even drugs 

The singer’s vault contained shelf after shelf of private documents, files and even drugs

A publication on the treatment of pain by Prince's other doctor, Howard Kornfeld MD, was also recovered from the home

A publication on the treatment of pain by Prince’s other doctor, Howard Kornfeld MD, was also recovered from the home

Prince's home featured doors with huge pictures of the singer through the ages on them

Prince’s home featured doors with huge pictures of the singer through the ages on them

A living room atrium, with purple velvet love seats at the center, allow visitors a view of Prince's platinum albums 

A living room atrium, with purple velvet love seats at the center, allow visitors a view of Prince’s platinum albums

Many of the walls of the house are festooned with Prince's achievements, such as these columns which feature some of his best selling albums 

Many of the walls of the house are festooned with Prince’s achievements, such as these columns which feature some of his best selling albums

A balcony, painted to resemble the sky, overlooks the atrium below at Prince's Paisley Park mansion 

A balcony, painted to resemble the sky, overlooks the atrium below at Prince’s Paisley Park mansion

Accolades, articles and awards for Prince are dotted around his multi-million dollar mansion

Accolades, articles and awards for Prince are dotted around his multi-million dollar mansion

A home entertainment system in one of Prince's many entertaining spaces. Towards the end of his life, the singer spent a lot of time inside, possibly watching movies or writing songs 

A home entertainment system in one of Prince’s many entertaining spaces. Towards the end of his life, the singer spent a lot of time inside, possibly watching movies or writing songs

A huge version of the symbol is featured on the floor of the main living space

A huge version of the symbol is featured on the floor of the main living space

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