Music superstar Prince was to meet with doctor for painkiller addiction
CALIFORNIA – The body of music superstar Prince was found one day before a doctor was to meet him to help end an addiction to pain killers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing the doctor’s lawyer.
California doctor Howard Kornfeld, described in the report as a national authority on opioid addiction treatment, was contacted by Prince representatives on April 20 because the musician “was dealing with a grave medical emergency,” the Star Tribune reported, citing William Mauzy, a Minneapolis attorney it said was working with the Kornfeld family.
Kornfeld, who runs Recovery Without Walls, an outpatient clinic in Mill Valley, California, was unable to meet with Prince the next day, when Prince was found dead at age 57 at his home-studio complex called Paisley Park in a Minneapolis suburb, the paper said. Kornfeld had planned to fly out the following day, the paper said.
However, the doctor’s son Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park instead the morning of April 21 and was one of three people there when Prince’s body was found in an elevator, the paper said. He called 911.
Neither the doctor nor the lawyer responded to Reuters requests for confirmation of the report.
The hope was that Prince would agree to go to California for care, which would include around-the-clock nursing support, the paper said.
Prince’s cause of death remains undetermined and it could be weeks before results are released from an autopsy. Prescription opioid medication was found on him, media reported, citing law enforcement sources. Police have said they found no signs of suicide or obvious trauma in Prince’s death. –Reuters