The investigation into the death of Prince continues, with new reports that the singer had an urgent meeting with an addiction specialist the day of his death. The late icon’s doctor has also been identified, with authorities looking into the cause of the “Purple Rain” singer’s sudden death.
A doctor that treated Prince twice in the weeks before his death and prescribed him medication a day before his death was actually with the singer when he was found unresponsive.
Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family practitioner, met with the singer on April 7 and April 20, and was present at the singer’s home when he was found unresponsive in the elevator of his Paisley Park home. Schulenberg had reportedly stopped by to deliver results of tests to the singer.
Dr. Schulenberg told police n the scene that he had written several prescriptions for Prince to fill at a nearby Walgreens, where the singer had been seen multiple times in the days before his death.
Investigators are now in the process of getting the late singer’s medical records from North Memorial Clinic in Minnetonka where Dr. Schulenberg was employed. Schulenberg is no longer at the facility.
Investigators are revisiting the singer’s Paisley Park estate to search for more possible evidence that might explain the singer’s sudden and mysterious death.
A Carver County sheriff’s vehicle entered through the gates of the Paisley Park estate Tuesday afternoon, followed by about a dozen unmarked vehicles. Carver County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud later said by phone that investigators are ‘being thorough.’
Prince, 57, died April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis. Autopsy results are pending.
A law enforcement official revealed they are looking into the possibility that Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
The day before his sudden death, his representatives reached out to a California doctor who specializes in addiction treatment to arrange a meeting. The specialist, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, had never met or spoken to Prince before Prince’s representatives contacted him on April 20.
Kornfeld wasn’t able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so he arranged for his son Andrew to go instead.
Andrew Kornfeld took a late flight on April 20 to head to the singer’s Paisley Park studio complex the next morning. But sadly, he was one of three people to find Prince in an elevator, unresponsive. Andrew is the person that called 911.
Andrew was carrying a small amount of buprenorphine, which Howard says on his website is a treatment option for patients with addiction issues that offers pain relief with less possibility of overdose and addiction.
Kornfield runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California. His website describes the practice as ‘specializing in innovative, evidence-based medical treatment for chronic pain and drug and alcohol addiction.’