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Doctor prescribed oxycodone for Prince under other name, affidavit says

FILE - In this February 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami.

The revelation gives more insight into what may have caused Prince's overdose.

(Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP, File).

April 21, 2016: Shortly after arriving at Paisley Park about 9:30 a.m., Andrew Kornfeld and two Prince staffers - longtime friend Kirk Johnson and personal assistant Meron Bekure - find Prince's body in an elevator.

Almost everyone who was close to Prince - and who has been willing to speak to the media - said they never saw him taking any drugs.

Court documents related to warrants used to search Prince's Paisley Park residence have been disclosed, revealing that authorities found a variety of pills strewn about his home.

When pressed in a recent CBS interview to talk about Prince's final days, Johnson pointed to his head and said: "Kirk has a vault".

The legendary singer's April 2016 death was deemed an accidental fentanyl overdose after autopsy results were revealed last June.

Patients who take prescription opioids eventually build up a tolerance and need to take stronger doses to get the same effect.

Just six days before he died, Prince fell ill on a plane and made an emergency stop in IL as he returned from a gig in Atlanta.

One pill bottle, which was labeled Vitamin D, instead contained a different medication inside, according to the search warrant filed by authorities.

Aleve bottle with 20 1/2 white pills labeled Watson 853, an imprint on generic pills that contain acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate. They cite the complexity of tracking illegally obtained pills, the need to be sure before they issue subpoenas, and the high stakes for investigators and prosecutors, who don't want to suffer an embarrassing defeat in a high-profile trial. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Prince's Paisley Park complex.

Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg admitted prescribing the musician with the drug in the name of Johnson "for Prince's privacy".

The probe included searches of Prince's computer, cellphone records of his friends and interviews with his associates.

As for Dr. Schulenberg, he left his job at North Memorial Medical Center almost three weeks after Prince's death. Schulenberg has an active medical license and is now practicing family medicine in Minnesota. His lawyer Amy Conners said last week that there are no restrictions on his licence.

"Many of those areas where the pills were located would be places Prince would frequent, such as his bedroom and wardrobe/laundry room", one document said. Authorities later said he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug.

According to the warrants, authorities searched his estates as well as looking through the star's mobile phone records and email accounts.

The documents revealed that Prince and Judith communicated "via landline phone or email".

The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted California addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld for help. In fact, the man who found Prince unresponsive in the elevator was sent to start Prince on an emergency treatment regiment for addiction to painkillers. The Kornfelds' attorney, William Mauzy, has said Andrew had meant to give the medication to a doctor who planned to see Prince on April 21.

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