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Published on April 20th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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No charges to be laid in conjunction with Prince’s death

Has it been two years since Prince died? And we’re just getting around to doing something about who gave him the drugs that killed him? Yes.

Amber Healy of brother site Geeks and Beats reports on what Minneapolis authorities have decided to do.

It’s likely that Prince had no idea he was taking pills that contained the highly lethal, highly addictive opioid fentanyl.

It’s also likely no one close to him knew that either.

And the amount in his system at the time of his death outpaced that of a cancer patient with a doctor-ordered patch.

Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday, April 19, that no charges would be file in the death of multi-platinum performer, almost two years to the day since he died. The death has been ruled an accidental drug overdose, officially.

Also official: Michael Schulenberg, the doctor who prescribed the painkiller before the singer’s death on April 21, 2016, has agreed to a settlement of $30,000 to address civil charges the prescription was illegal.

Turns out, The Purple One thought he was taking Vicodin, according to Carver County Attorney Mark Metz.

ABC News reports Metz indicated police were unable to definitively figure out who provided the pills – fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl – that proved fatal to Prince, even after an “intensive investigation.”

Keep reading. Also take a look at these videos of Prince’s last hours. He does not look well.

And while we’re on the subject, isn’t it about time we heard something about what killed Dolores O’Riordan? Aren’t we supposed to hear something about a toxicology report this month?




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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