A law-enforcement official reveals that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.
The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead at the age of 57 on April 21. His unresponsive body was discovered inside an elevator at his Paisley Park estate just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prince’s former drug dealer seemed to think that opioids were behind the singer’s death when he spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com in April and revealed that the performer would spend up to $40,000 on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches.
Those two drugs are incredibly powerful opioids, and were both found in the home of Michael Jackson in the days after he died of a drug overdose.
The dealer also suggested that it could have been a doctor who unknowingly contributed to the singer’s death by prescribing strong pain killers for his hip problems while unaware of his secret addiction to opioids.
It was reported shortly after Prince’s death that the highly addictive painkiller Percocet – which contains both acetaminophen and oxycodone – had been found in his system.
There were also reports around that time claiming Prince had been treated for an overdose of Percocet just six days before his death.
He sold him the drugs he explained because Prince was too afraid of doctors to obtain a perscription but also had stage fright and needed them to get out and perform on stage.
‘I first met Prince in 1984 while he was filming the movie Purple Rain and he was already majorly addicted to opiates – I didn’t hook him on drugs he was already a really heavy user,’ said Doctor D.
‘In the beginning he would buy speed as well as Dilaudid.I would sell him black beauties which were a black pill and cross tops which were also speed pills.
‘He would use that as a counter balance to get back up again from taking opiates.That lasted for a couple of years then he would just buy Dilaudid, which is a heroin based opiate. It is highly addictive.
‘As far as I knew he never took heroin – as that would leave you out of it for days whereas Dilaudid gives you an energy buzz as well as making you feel relaxed – so he preferred it.’
He went on to say about Prince; ‘He needed the drugs because he was so nervous – he could be nervous in a room with just five people in it.
‘He was scared to go out in public, he was scared to talk to people and didn’t like to go on stage – he had the worst case of stage fright I’d ever seen.
‘A lot of performers rely on drugs to make them feel confident on stage but he was by far the worse.
‘Plus he was always paranoid about doctors so he wouldn’t ask them for help – he had a phobia of them.
‘I was surprised when I heard he had been picking up prescriptions before he died.’