the death of prince
April 19, 2018

After nearly two years of investigation, much of the case surrounding Prince's unexpected death is closed. There will be no criminal charges, Minnesota law enforcement announced Thursday.

The music legend died in April 2016 after taking imitation Vicodin he didn't know was laced with fentanyl, per The New York Times. Law enforcement have since searched for how he may have acquired the counterfeit drug and came up empty.

"There is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl, or who else had a role in delivering the counterfeit Vicodin to Prince," said Carver County attorney Mark Metz in a press conference.

That doesn't mean someone didn't help Prince get the counterfeit Vicodin, Metz clarified. It just means there isn't enough evidence to press criminal charges in the case.

A Minnesota doctor who treated Prince twice before did face civil violation for an illegal prescription, per the Times, and is paying $30,000 to settle the charge after telling police he prescribed Prince an opiate under a friend's name. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 22, 2016

Pills discovered at Prince's home Paisley Park after his death were labeled hydrocodone but actually contained the opioid fentanyl, a source told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Prince's autopsy report says he died from an accidental, self-administered overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more powerful than heroin. At the time of his death on April 21, the musician weighed just 112 pounds, and the source says the amount of fentanyl in his system was so high it would have killed anyone.

Investigators are not sure yet how Prince, who did not have a prescription for fentanyl, got his hands on the drug, the source said, but they believe he took the pills not knowing they contained fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Agency says traffickers are selling illicit fentanyl as heroin and producing fake pills containing the drug. Catherine Garcia

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