< Go to Homepage

Prince’s Opioid Painkillers Prescribed to Friend, Unsealed Documents Show

Music By
New Information on Prince's Last Days
Prince performs on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)


Though no charges have been levied in the accidental overdose death of pop star Prince, newly unsealed documents from the days immediately following his death are shedding some new light on his final days.

And could be the grounds for a potential future criminal investigation.

According to CNN, bottles of opioid painkillers found in Prince’s Paisley Park home were not prescribed to the artist, but to his friend and former drummer Kirk Johnson. Some contained Vicodin, others Percocet.

“Federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration are investigating how Prince obtained prescription medications and from whom,” CNN reports.

Prince’s doctor said he wrote the prescriptions to Prince’s friend for “privacy purposes.” Investigators also found a suitcase with prescription bottles in Johnson’s name inside it, as well as handwritten lyrics.

As CNN notes in its story, the type of documents that were unsealed today are usually available to the public. But authorities wanted to seal them for the allotted amount of time or until an investigation had begun.

Read the full CNN report here.

For an explanation of just what led to Prince’s death, watch the video from TMZ below.