Prince's death by accidental overdose shocked both the world and Prince's closest friends and family, who had known the singer and prolific musician as a proponent of clean living. Now, almost a year later, probes into the drugs that killed Prince have not found anything conclusive. It's unclear whether prosecutors are collecting more evidence before pressing charges on anyone.
The AP reports that shortly after his death, dozens of conterfeit pills were found at the scene, including at least one that tested positive for the dangerous pain killer fentanyl. Police could not deduce where the pills came from or if anyone in particular was responsible for the presence of the drugs.
Suspicions around Prince's drummer Kirk Johnson are mounting. Johnson was reportedly the person who discovered Prince's body and was present with him when he fell ill on a plane days before his death. Johnson has not yet been interviewed by federal prosecutors, according to an anonymous source. Johnson's attorney confirmed that he had not (yet) been subpoenaed. In interviwers, Johnson has been tight-lipped: “Kirk has a vault. Right here. It’s never gonna be unlocked," he said to CBS, pointing to his head.
The same aforementioned anonymous source also claimed that Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, the doctor who saw Prince before his death, has also not been interviewed by prosecutors. Schulenberg claims that he had ordered tests and medications on behalf of the artist, but what those tests revealed are disclosed.
“The last thing law enforcement wants to do is to potentially have to immunize somebody who could be the only target of the investigation," said Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, when asked to comment on the lack of interviews with key players. “At that point, there’s no going back … so chances are they are still running down some leads before coming to that fateful decision."
“They want to show a suspect that, even though there might be holes in the evidence, they have enough to make it look like they have you dead to center,” he added.
Officials have previously stated that they have interviewed friends, family, and potential witnesses. They've also said they've searched cell phone records and medical documents. Search warrants pertaining to the situation have not yet been released to the public. They are set to be unsealed today.
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