Prince's Doctor Reportedly Wrote Him Opioid Prescriptions In Bodyguard's Name

Posted April 18, 2017

One affidavit says Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, who saw Prince last April 7 and again on April 20, admitted to authorities that he prescribed oxycodone for Prince the same day as the emergency plane landing "but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson's name for Prince's privacy".

It's been nearly one year since the shocking death of iconic pop singer Prince, and today, new court documents have revealed more information into the circumstances surrounding it.

A suitcase was discovered next to Prince's bed on the day he died and among the items inside, there were prescription pill bottles in Johnson's name - none of which were the medication prescribed by Schulenberg.

They provide clues about Prince's use of painkillers in the months leading up to his death, and the possible direction of the ongoing investigation.

The pills were stored not in typical prescription bottles but in "various other containers such as vitamin bottles", a document states.

Hand-written notes on the warrant issued on the day of his death describe a CVS Pharmacy bottle of "vitamin D2" issued under the name Kirk Johnson - Prince's former drummer and long-time friend. The newly unsealed documents give the clearest picture yet of Prince's struggle with opioid painkillers. Here, he was treated with Naloxone (a drug used to reverse the affects of an opioid overdose).

The star of music legend Prince, painted on the outside wall of First Avenue, featured in the film Purple Rain, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two days after his death on April 21, 2016.

Search warrants and other documents related to criminal cases are normally public record, but authorities had requested all documents related to the Prince death investigation be sealed as the probe proceeded. Schulenberg has an active medical license and is now practicing family medicine in Minnesota. His lawyer Amy Conners said last week that there are no restrictions on his licence.

Dr. Schulenberg has been and remains committed to providing full transparency regarding his practice as it relates to the Prince investigation.

To aid their investigation, authorities mined through Paisley Park email and cellphone records; however, Prince did not own a cell phone after he claimed he was hacked several years earlier. The search warrants don't reveal the outcome of the email searches. The suitcase had a tag on it bearing the name "Peter Bravestrong", which investigators determined is an alias for Prince.

The suitcase also contained the lyrics for "U got the Look", which appeared to be in Prince's handwriting. Andrew Kornfeld was carrying buprenorphine, a medication that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.

Martinez of the Minnesota medical board said it's "quite infrequent" for a doctor to write out a prescription for someone in another person's name.

Investigators have said little publicly about the case over the a year ago, other than it is active. Johnson said it was the first time he'd been sent on such an errand.