Prince’s Death Being Investigated By DEA
Prince’s death is now being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gossip Cop confirms.
The official cause of the legendary singer’s death is still under investigation, but rumors have been circulating that he may have overdosed on painkillers. To help determine whether or not Prince’s death was drug-related, federal authorities have now joined forces with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a statement, “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.” Gossip Cop hears Prince’s doctors and the pharmacies, with which he had prescriptions, will be questioned. Investigators will also see whether non-licensed individuals procured medications for the singer.
Additionally, authorities will reportedly try to determine whether Prince’s emergency landing one week prior to his death was due to an overdose of Percocet. On Wednesday, it also emerged that one day before Prince died, his representatives had reached out to an addiction specialist to arrange a meeting with the singer. In fact, the specialist’s son flew to Minnesota to have Prince see a local doctor for evaluation, but instead was one of the three individuals who found the singer laying dead in his elevator at Paisley Park.
As Gossip Cop reported, authorities were issued a search warrant for Prince’s estate last week in order to comb the property for any evidence that might tie prescribed medications playing a role in the singer’s passing. The findings have yet to be disclosed. The results of Prince’s autopsy, which was conducted nearly two weeks ago, are still pending.