Prince death investigation: No charges to be filed, Minnesota prosecutor rules

A Minnesota prosecutor announced Thursday that no charges will be filed in the 2016 drug overdose death of music superstar Prince.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz has been reviewing the findings of the local sheriff’s office into the death of the 57-year-old star, whose full name is Prince Rogers Nelson.

A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy showed last month that the singer had “exceedingly high” concentrations of the opioid painkiller fentanyl in his body.  The official cause of death was ruled to be a self-administered overdose.

However, during a press conference Thursday, Metz said that there is no reliable evidence of how prince obtained the counterfeit vicodin laced with fentanyl.

“The bottom line is that we simply do not have sufficient evidence” to charge anyone with a crime, Metz said.

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US artist singer and songwriter Prince performs on stage during his concert in Antwerp Sportpaleis, on November 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO /BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince presents the award for British Female Solo Artist at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince and Ida Nielsen, Hannah Ford Welton and Donna Grantis of his band 3rdEyeGirl present an award at The BRIT Awards 2014 at The O2 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
Prince Rogers Nelson is better known as just Prince and is pictured where is spends a lot of his time; on concert stage around the world. Denmark 2013. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Mary J. Blige (L) and recording artist Prince perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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Legal documents unsealed last year revealed that the musician had medication prescribed to him under the name of his bodyguard, Kirk Johnson.

An affidavit from Det. Christine Wagner noted that Dr. Michael Schulenberg, who was present at Paisley Park when detectives arrived on the day of Prince’s death, “admitted in a statement to Detective Chris Nelson that he had prescribed Prince a prescription for oxycodone the same day as the emergency plane landing but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson’s name for Prince’s privacy.”

During Thursday’s press conference, Metz said that Schuleberg had reached a civil settlement with federal authorities for providing the prescription. According to U.S. attorney Gregory G. Brooker, Schulenberg agreed to pay $30,000 stemming from allegations that he violated the Controlled Substances Act.

While Metz said that there is “no doubt” that the actions of those around Prince would be eyed suspiciously, “suspicions and innuendo are categorically insufficient” to file charges.

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