Death in Hollywood: Prince Died from Accidental Fentanyl Overdose

Prince performs at half time during Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

Prince performs at half time during Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

Legendary singer Prince died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose, according to the official autopsy results.

Fentanyl, which is stronger than morphine, is a synthetic opiate prescribed to treat severe pain, after surgery or a medical procedure.

 

 

 

 

The singer was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. He was only 57.  The autopsy results also show that the legendary musician weighed only 112 pounds at the time of his death.

The Associated Press (AP) reported this morning that Prince died of an opioid overdose. A law-enforcement official, not authorized to speak to the media, spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

An initial autopsy was inconclusive, but investigators found that the “Purple Rain” singer was in possession of prescription painkillers at the time of his death. Drug Enforcement Administration officials are investigating where the drugs came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained.

Prince was treated for a drug overdose six days before his death, according to TMZ. His plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., in April due to a medical emergency. His rep told Variety at the time that the singer was struggling with the flu. According to TMZ, he had instead overdosed on the opioid painkiller Percocet.

He was reportedly scheduled to meet with an addiction specialist one day after he was found dead.

The singer was cremated and allegedly left no will. Prince’s death has sparked a legal battle between family members over who inherits the bulk of his estate.

The pop singer’s hits include “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”