Rumors that legendary performer Prince died from a drug overdose reached a crescendo when the feds joined the Carver County sheriff in Minnesota in investigating his death. Now, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office wants to make it clear to everyone that no official information about Prince’s cause of death has been released.
The office released a statement Thursday via Twitter under the heading, “For immediate release.” It reads: “Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has not released any information regarding the Prince Rogers Nelson investigation to anyone, including law enforcement. Results are pending. This is an ongoing investigation in partnership with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. We will have no further comment at this time.”
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— Midwest Medical Exam (@MidwestMedExam) May 5, 2016
Prince’s body was released to his family April 22, a day after his tragic death at the age of 57. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Quinn Strobl performed the autopsy. A private memorial service was held for Prince over the weekend. Fans are welcome to join a public ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall Friday.
Gossip that Prince died from an overdose circulated after he was found with the prescription painkiller Percocet on him when he died. It will take several weeks for the medical examiner’s office to confirm Prince’s cause of death.
Still, more and more evidence seems to point to a prescription drug overdose. Prince reportedly went to four pharmacies around Chanhassen, Minnesota, the week before his death to fill prescriptions. He might have “doctor-shopped,” or used different names, to obtain multiple prescriptions. Police are investigating the local Walgreens were prescriptions were filled and are trying to find the doctors who prescribed the painkillers, even though they were not medically necessary.
Prince’s exes, Mayte Garcia and Apollonia Kotero, reportedly did not know about the “Purple Rain” singer’s alleged addiction. “While some of those close to Prince during his final days may have known what was going on with him, many of his longtime friends and exes over the years had no idea,” an insider old Hollywood Life in an exclusive report Thursday. “Much of what has come out since his death about his drug use and alleged health issues has blown away his old friends. His ex-girlfriends and others close to him are in shock that Prince may have had a double life. Mayte and Apollonia had no idea — no one really knew. We were all shocked to hear the news.”
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