Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg deactivated his LinkedIn page after it was revealed he spoke to investigators less than an hour following Prince’s April 21 death at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The doctor also no longer works for the North Memorial Health Care system, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Federal rules would not have allowed Schulenberg to prescribe buprenorphine, which is the opioid medication Dr. Howard Kornfeld, an addiction specialist, sent to Minnesota from California in the hours before Prince was found unconscious, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
Buprenorphine is a narcotic employed to treat both pain and addiction to narcotic pain relievers. Prince was supposedly going to to be subject of an intervention before his tragic death. The role played by Schulenberg in terms of the performer’s alleged drug addiction is unclear.
However, Schulenberg prescribed Prince medication while treating him twice last month, April 7 and the day before the music legend died, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy Conners, declined to comment to AP after a search warrant was issued for Paisley Park, citing patient confidentiality. Meanwhile, Schulenberg himself has not issued a statement about Prince’s death.
Even though it has been widely rumored Prince died of a drug overdose, there is nothing official to support that speculation. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minnesota, issued a statement about this point last week after media reports indicated Prince had the controlled substance Percocet in his system at the time of his death.
The office “has not released any information regarding the Prince Rogers Nelson investigation to anyone, including law enforcement,” it said. “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.”
Prince died without a will, which likely means his estimated $300 million fortune would be split by his six living siblings, unless, of course, it is determined the performer left behind a child. To date, one man has claimed to be the son of the “Purple Rain” singer.
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