Prince performs in 2009 on the Grand Palais in Paris.
Bertrand Guay / AFP / Getty Photographs
Prince had an “exceedingly excessive” quantity of the opioid fentanyl in his system on the time of his demise, in response to a toxicology report obtained by the Associated Press on Monday.
Prince was discovered alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park property in Minnesota on April 21, 2016. Based on the medical expert, the 57-year-old singer died of an unintended overdose of fentanyl — an artificial opiate sometimes used to assist sufferers handle extreme ache. It's additionally 50 instances extra highly effective than heroin.
Prince followers go to a memorial created exterior Paisley Park, the house and studio of the music artist, April 23, 2016.
Scott Olson / Getty Photographs
Dr. Lewis Nelson, chair of emergency drugs at Rutgers New Jersey Medical College, instructed the AP that the quantity of fentanyl in Prince's blood on the time was “exceedingly excessive, even for anyone who’s a persistent ache affected person on fentanyl patches.”
The focus of 67.eight micrograms per liter of blood, he added, is “a fairly clear smoking gun” for the reason for demise.
The report notes that liver concentrations of fentanyl better than 69 micrograms per kilogram “appear to symbolize overdose or deadly toxicity instances.” The extent of fentanyl in Prince's liver was 450 micrograms per kilogram.
Prince reportedly consumed the drug orally and had capsule bottles all through his property. A day earlier than the “Purple Rain” singer was discovered lifeless, his associates had known as Howard Kornfeld, a outstanding California-based professional in opioid dependancy therapy, saying they have been “coping with a grave medical emergency,” the physician's lawyer, William Mauzy, stated.
Nevertheless, Mauzy instructed reporters that earlier than Kornfeld might get anybody there, it was too late.
Authorities stated they’d be investigating attainable prescription drug diversion, which is the switch of authorized medication into unlawful distribution or use. Topics of investigations can embody docs who promote prescriptions to sellers or on to customers, prescription forgers, and those that steal from pharmacies or different authorized drug distributors.
LINK: There’s Been An “Unprecedented” Wave Of Deaths From Drug That Killed Prince, Feds Say
LINK: DEA And U.S. Attorney’s Office Join Investigation Into Prince’s Death