Two years after iconic singer Prince passed away, authorities will finally release their findings as to the cause of his death.
Finally Getting Answers
Prince Rogers Nelson's death, which was ruled to have been from an accidental drug overdose, has been thoroughly investigated over the past 24 months. Now, Minnesota prosecutors are ready to release an official statement.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will announce the results of the investigation on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The main revelation is whether anyone will face charges as a result of the investigation. The county sheriff's office reviewed the case thoroughly over the past week.
Peter Ivy, the chief deputy county attorney, told the press on Tuesday that prosecutors would be ready to announce something very soon.
An Accidental Overdose
The legendary musician was just 57 years old when he died. The singer was found unconscious at his Minnesota home on April 21, 2016. The results of an autopsy subsequently revealed that he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
The synthetic opioid, for which Prince had no prescription, is 50 times more powerful than heroin. The Associated Press obtained a toxicology report back in March, revealing excessively high levels of the drug in the musician's bloodstream.
Police conducted a thorough search of the estate and looked into internal records to find out how the musician obtained the drug. They located numerous pills, many of which were stored in vitamin bottles and envelopes, among various other hiding places.
A Private Struggle
Prince's drug-related death came as a massive shock to those close to him, who knew him to be extremely dedicated to clean-living and devoted to Jehovah's Witnesses. Subsequent reports revealed, however, that the iconic performer suffered from intense pain following years of touring and, as a result, he may have been self-medicating.
He was reportedly struggling with addiction and withdrawal, particularly in his later years. He had several but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to stay clean.
The singer collapsed on a flight just a week before his death. As a result, the aircraft made an emergency landing. He was reportedly revived with two doses of a drug antidote to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration opened an investigation following Prince's death. They looked into how the musician obtained numerous pills that the police found scattered throughout his property while investigating his death.