Claims from opioid addiction specialist come as police investigate whether singer died from an overdose
Reports claim that Prince was scheduled to meet with an opioid addiction specialist the day after he died.
Prince passed away at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota last month (April 21), aged 57. Although a cause of death has not yet been announced, last week police confirmed that they are looking into the possibility that Prince died from an overdose of prescription drugs.
Dr Howard Kornfeld, who runs the Recovery Without Walls treatment centre in Mill Valley, California, was due to meet Prince the day after his death (April 22), according to the Star Tribune.
His doctor’s attorney William Mauzy said that Kornfeld was called by Prince representatives on the night of April 20 because the singer “was dealing with a grave medical emergency”.
“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,” Mauzy is quoted as saying. “The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.”
According to Mauzy, Kornfeld’s son, Andrew, arrived at Prince’s home when he died on April 21, and was the individual who called the police when the singer’s body was found.
These claims have not yet been verified.
Earlier this week, Arsenio Hall denied allegations made by Sinéad O’Connor that he supplied Prince drugs prior to the musician’s death.
Since his death, tributes to Prince have ranged far and wide with President Barack Obama stating “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.