Prince's Death: No Criminal Charges Filed in Case Over Legendary Singer's Passing

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No criminal charges will be brought over the death of USA musician Prince in April 2016, prosecutors say.

Last April, ET obtained court documents in the death investigation of the singer, and the results of the search warrant showed that bottles of opioid painkillers were found throughout Prince's Paisley Park compound.

August 21 - An official close to the investigation tells the AP that some of the pills taken from Paisley Park were counterfeit drugs that contained fentanyl.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe doctor who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Prince's drummer, despite allegedly knowing the drugs would actually be taken by Prince, has agreed to a civil settlement with federal investigators.

Prosecutors are expected to announce Thursday whether they will press any charges over the death of Prince, who had been treating pain from hip surgery.

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Metz did say pills prescribed to Prince by Dr. Michael Schulenberg were not to blame in Prince's death, but Schulenberg reached a $30,000 settlement with federal prosecutors for prescribing medication for Prince to Prince's assistant, Kirk Johnson. The doctor prescribed medication under the name of Prince's close friend and longtime bodyguard Kirk Johnson.

He gave Johnson 15 percocets, Metz said, which were all "because Prince wanted to protect his privacy". A few weeks after his death, it was confirmed that he had died from an opioid overdose, and was found to have had fentanyl in his system - a painkiller that's 50 times stronger than heroin.

Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners, has disputed that and did so again Thursday, saying that Schulenberg settled the case to avoid the expense and uncertain outcome of litigation.

April 20 - Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist, is asked by Prince representatives to help the star.

Search warrants unsealed about a year after Prince died showed that authorities searched his home, cellphone records of associates and his email accounts to try to determine how he got the drug.

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Prince did not have a prescription for fentanyl. State and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for almost two years, and no one has been criminally charged. He was also estate manager at Paisley Park and one of three people who found Prince's body in an elevator there.

As the state of Minnesota ends its investigation into Prince's death without criminal charges, federal authorities say they haven't gotten any credible evidence to support charges either. That prescription was not linked to Prince's death.

Documents from an investigation into Prince's death, made public past year, revealed that controlled substances had been found hidden in vitamin bottles throughout the Paisley Park complex. It was released today for the first time.

However, CNN reported that after a search through Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program, only one prescription was issued for Johnson.

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