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Prince Unsealed Search Warrant Reveals Bottles of Opioid Painkillers Found in Friend's Name

by Jackie Willis 12:30 PM PDT, April 17, 2017
Playing Prince Unsealed Search Warrant Reveals Bottles of Opioid Painkillers Found in Friend's Name

Newly unsealed documents offer even more insight into Prince's accidental overdose nearly a year ago.

ET obtained court documents on Monday in the death investigation of the singer, and the results of the search warrant shows that bottles of opioid painkillers were found throughout Prince's Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Some of the bottles were prescribed to Prince's longtime friend, Kirk Johnson, which Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg claimed was done to protect Prince's privacy. According to the documents, a suitcase labeled with the name tag “Peter Bravestrong” -- an alias investigators say Prince sometimes used -- was found containing multiple pill bottles in Johnson’s name, as well as the lyrics to "U Got the Look," thought to be in Prince's handwriting.

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Johnson told authorities that he was unaware that Prince had an addiction to painkillers, but according to the search warrant, investigators were told by witnesses that the singer "recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication."

Johnson's lawyer, F. Clayton Tyler, released a statement to ET on Monday, saying, "After reviewing the search warrants and affidavits released today, we believe that it is clear that Kirk Johnson did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince’s death. There will be no further comment."

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As for Dr. Schulenberg, he left his job at North Memorial Medical Center nearly three weeks after Prince's death. The search warrant notes that Schulenberg said he saw Prince on April 7 and 20, and prescribed him medications to be picked up at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy. He had also shown up to Paisley Park on April 21 -- the day Prince was found dead in an elevator of an accidental overdose of fentanyl -- to drop off some test results for the singer.

"Dr. Schulenberg has been and remains committed to providing full transparency regarding his practice as it relates to the Prince investigation," said Amy S. Conners, a lawyer representing Schulenberg, in a statement to ET on Monday. "[He] has previously disclosed all information regarding his care and treatment of Prince to his former employer, law enforcement authorities and regulatory authorities in the course of his complete cooperation with the investigation of Prince’s death. There are no restrictions on Dr. Schulenberg’s medical license, and contrary to headlines and media reports published in the wake of today’s unsealing of search warrants relating to the investigation, Dr. Schulenberg never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince."

"In his nearly 19 years of practice, Dr. Schulenberg has provided the highest level of care to his many patients and has earned a reputation for being a caring and responsible physician," the statement continued. "He has never sought public attention or celebrity, even in the face of the events of the last year, and will continue to make his patients’ health and wellbeing his first priority."

The investigation is ongoing.

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