Breaking: Prince Died from Drug Overdose
Tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose, according to a law enforcement official.
The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate.
The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), was hospitalized a week before he died after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. He had been battling a case of the flu and was released a few hours later.
Known as one of the most iconic musicians in the history of music, Prince’s decades long career began in the 1970s when he hit the scene with the single, “Wanna Be Your Lover.” He went on to become one of the most inventive musicians of his era, launching chart-topping hits like “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “When Doves Cry.”
“Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent,” said Obama, for whom Prince was a White House guest last year. “‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said – and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the star died a day before he had a scheduled meeting with a California doctor in an attempt to break an addiction to painkillers.
Investigators have been reviewing whether Prince died of an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.