Authorities will not file charges over pop singer Prince's death

    19 de abril de 2018

    Los Angeles, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Authorities in Minnesota's Carver County announced Thursday that they will not file charges against anyone for the 2016 death of pop/funk/rock singer Prince due to an accidental drug overdose.

    The music icon died on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57 after inadvertently ingesting Fentanyl, an opiate that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

    After closing the investigation, Carver County prosecutor Mark Metz said Thursday that authorities had not been able to determine how Prince acquired the Fentanyl, given that the musician did not have a prescription for the drug, and they pointed to the hypothesis that the singer died after mistakenly consuming fake Vicodin that in reality contained Fentanyl.

    "There is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin containing Fentaynl," said Metz, adding, "The bottom line is that we simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince's death."

    None of the testing authorities did suggested that Prince was aware that he was taking Fentanyl, said Metz, who also said that apparently nobody in the megastar's inner circle knew that he had the potent painkiller.

    Authorities found many pills at Prince's residence in the Minneapolis suburb of Paisley Park, and on Thursday they said that a "significant" portion of them were not in their original containers.

    Metz also clarified the role of Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, who treated prince during the weeks prior to his death and who on Thursday reached an agreement with federal authorities to pay a $30,000 fine in exchange for which he would not face federal charges.

    Schulenberg examined Prince and provided him with Percocet, a situation that had nothing to do with the artist's death.

    The Percocet was dispensed under the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's manager, to protect the musician's privacy.