The ongoing investigation into Prince’s cause of death now involves the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud announced.
“They have agreed to provide federal resources and expertise in our investigation,” Kamerud said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This latest development in the case of Prince’s death comes shortly after news broke that the iconic musician was scheduled to meet with opioid addiction expert Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 22, the day after his death.
According to the Star Tribune, the California-based doctor said he was originally called on April 20 to meet with the “Purple Rain” singer about his addiction to painkillers due to a “grave medical emergency,” but was unable to fly out until the 22nd.
William Mauzy, an attorney in Minneapolis working with the Kornfeld family, said that the doctor sent his son Andrew Kornfeld to Prince’s Paisley Park residence first, where the younger Kornfeld called 911 after he and two others discovered the music legend’s body.
The investigation into what caused Prince’s death is ongoing, though call records dating back to 2011 reveal that the singer may have had a cocaine problem.
In the logs obtained by Us Weekly, an unnamed woman calls 911 and says that she is “concerned about Prince’s cocaine habits.”
“He advised her last year in Germany that he cannot control his habit and she was advised to report it,” the notes from the sheriff’s office read. Prince traveled in Germany in 2010 for his 20Ten Tour.
Prince was found with prescription painkillers in his possession and in his home at his time of death.
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