Police Search Prince’s Local Pharmacy
Authorities investigating the circumstances surrounding Prince’s death have executed a search warrant on his local Minnesota pharmacy. The “Kiss” legend died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen on April 21, and police are currently looking into claims suggesting the singer suffered from a dependency on prescription painkillers to treat a hip problem.
The superstar had been photographed making a stop at his local Walgreens on the eve of his death, and on Thursday, officials carried out a thorough search of the pharmacy, looking for prescription records which could shed some light on his medical issues. According to TMZ, Prince had made four prescription runs to the Walgreens in the week leading up to his untimely passing, days after he was briefly hospitalized in Moline, Illinois for what his representative insisted was just a nasty bout of the flu. The health scare on April 15 had forced the pilot of his private jet to make an emergency landing in Moline as they traveled home following a gig in Atlanta, Georgia, and reports have since alleged Prince had actually suffered an overdose of Percocet. Authorities had descended on the Walgreens pharmacy searching for paperwork in Prince’s name or any possible aliases, and they are said to be targeting other medical officials who may have also provided medication to the singer. Prescription pills are also alleged to have been found at his Paisley Park pad. An autopsy was performed last week, but the cause of death is pending further test results. His body was cremated on April 23, after which a private memorial service was held at his Paisley Park home. Meanwhile, a rare piece of Prince memorabilia from his 1984 cult film Purple Rain is heading to the auction block. The black and white blazer he wore for a motorbike scene, which also featured co-star Apollonia Kotero, is expected to fetch at least $6,000 when it goes up for sale as part of a Profiles in History auction on June 29. The original seller claims her sister, a make-up artist, was gifted the jacket from Prince after they worked together on Purple Rain.