Pills and pamphlets on opioid addiction were found scattered throughout Prince’s home after the singer’s tragic death last year, search warrants unsealed Monday reveal. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park home on April 21. Autopsy results showed he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.
It is usually prescribed to patients who have built up a resistance to other painkillers. The recently unsealed warrants also revealed the fact that Prince was in a romantic relationship with a former contestant on The Voice. Prince and Judith Hill, 32, had reportedly been dating since 2014, and communicated through an email account set up in Prince’s former managers, Julia Ramadan. Hill was interviewed about the singer’s death on June 16. Hill had described their relationship has ‘intense’ before, but never called it outright romantic.
Authorities found several prescription medications around Prince’s home, kept in Ziploc bags, envelopes and a luggage case, as well as a pamphlet on how to be weaned off of drugs, according to the warrants. Only one tested positive for fentanyl, and police continue to investigate how he got the drug – which he did not have a prescription for. The warrants also showed that Prince’s physician, Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg, prescribed him oxycodone under his bodyguard Kirk Johnson’s name, in order to protect his privacy.