Written by Melanie Burton, June 3, 2016

Since his passing on April 21st, and after more than a month of investigation, the cause of death of music legend Prince has finally been revealed as an opioid overdose.

More specifically “Fentanyl toxicity,” which was also confirmed to be an “accident,” according to Prince’s autopsy results released on Thursday by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. Fentanyl is a “potent, synthetic opioid analgesic with rapid onset and short duration of action.”

At the start of May, the investigation into Prince’s death was escalated, when the U.S. Attorney’s office and Drug Enforcement Administration joined forces.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office told E! News.

“The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion. While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Prince’s autopsy results

 

The two forces involvement in the case came just after the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a report saying that Prince was meant to meet with a Californian doctor who specialised in addiction, the day after he died from the drug overdose.

Prince was reportedly suffering from an addiction to pain killers, and had representatives reach out to to Dr. Howard Kornfeld for help, because the singer was “dealing with a grave medical emergency.”

Dr Howard wasn’t able to clear his schedule, so sent his son who works with him in his place, but when Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Prince’s Paisley Park home, he couldn’t find the singer. The lawyer then that confirmed Andrew was one of three people who were at the mansion when Prince’s body was found, and it was him who made the emergency 911 call.

The medical examiner who began Prince’s autopsy the day after he was found dead in an elavator at his estate, said it could take “several weeks” to determine a cause of death, but authorities almost immediately ruled out foul play and suicide.

Prince’s former drug dealer had speculated that opioids were the reason behind Prince’s death when he spoke to the Daily Mail back in April, also revealing that Prince would spend up to $40,000 on six-month supplies of two drugs – Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches.

The autopsy report also revealed that the 5ft 3in singer weighed just 50kg at the time of his death, and that he was dressed entirely in black when his body was found.

RIP Prince.

Prince’s autopsy results have been released

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