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Amid swirling rumors of drug overdoses, the investigation into the death of pop superstar Prince took a disturbing turn Wednesday when police announced that prescription opioid medication was found on the musician and in his Minnesota home.
The find would be the second stash found at the complex, though the first was a mound of unreleased music.
As a result of the prescription painkillers found, the county sheriff handling the investigation turned to the Drug Enforcement Administration for help, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News. Officials did not say what role, if any, the painkillers may have played in Prince’s death.
“DEA’s role will be to determine such things as where the medications came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained,” correspondent Pete Williams reported on NBC Nightly News.
TMZ first reported that Prince overdosed on the painkiller Percocet six days before he died, forcing his plane to make make an emergency landing where he was rushed to a hospital and given a “save shot” of the drug Naloxone.
His representatives said at the time that the recording artist was suffering from “flu symptoms.”
People magazine reported that friends said Prince took Percocet to relieve pain after years of jumping off risers during performances and sources familiar with the investigation of his death told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune painkillers may have had a fatal impact on the singer in his final weeks.
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