Documents highlight Prince's struggle with opioid addiction

New court documents reveal how Prince was able to keep his use of risky opioid painkillers hidden, leading up to his accidental overdose and death past year.

The search warrants released Monday in connection to Prince's death say that when investigators searched Paisley Park past year they found opioids hidden in over-the-counter medication bottles.

Most tragic of all, among the items retrieved from Paisley Park during the investigation were a pamphlet for a rehab center, Recovery Without Walls, and a suitcase containing pill bottles and the lyrics for Prince's song "U Got The Look".

Johnson is a close confidante and aide who started working for Prince in the '80s.

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg said that prescriptions were written in Johnson's name to protect Prince's privacy.

Associated Press reports via The Guardian that more details have emerged of the circumstances surrounding his death in the form of affidavits and search warrants unsealed in Carver County district court.

Johnson, who was also head of Paisley Park security, also told them that Prince reported "not feeling well" in the hours before he died, the documents said.

"Andrew said he heard a scream and ran down the hall and observed Prince lying on his left side in the elevator", states one of the newly unsealed court records, which said that Prince lived at Paisley Park alone and without a security guard.

In addition to the drug revelations, the unsealed documents revealed that Prince had been in a romantic relationship with singer-songwriter Judith Hill.

Dr. Schulenberg's attorney, Amy S. Connors states that the doctor had disclosed all information pertaining to his treatment of Prince to law enforcement and regulatory authorities in the process if cooperating with the investigation into the singer's death.

It's been almost a year since Prince died from an accidental drug overdose at his suburban Minneapolis recording studio and estate, yet investigators still haven't interviewed a key associate or asked a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges are warranted, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.

"Say you have a major male actor who has a prescription for Viagra, do you want that out on TMZ?".

An autopsy found Prince died of fentanyl. A year after Prince died of an accidental drug overdose, his Paisley Park studio complex and home is now a museum and concert venue. That day, hundreds of painkiller pills were recovered from various locations inside the late singer huge home.

Prince did not have a cellphone and authorities searched multiple email accounts that they believed he was using, as they tried to determine how he got the drug that killed him, according to the search warrants.

Prince was suffering from hip pain, and the doctor prescribed him hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam.

The official cause of the 57-year-old's death was an overdose of the opioid Fentanyl. The medications were prescribed by Dr. Schulenberg.

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