Prince prescribed medicine

NEW YORK • A search warrant affidavit on Tuesday revealed that a doctor, who saw the late pop star Prince twice just weeks before his death and was at the musician's home when Prince's body was found, had prescribed him medication.

The document said Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg turned up at Paisley Park Studios in suburban Minneapolis on April 21 to drop off test results, only to discover that the singer had just been pronounced dead after being found collapsed in an elevator of his home, said the police affidavit.

The affidavit said Dr Schulenberg had also prescribed Prince medication, but did not say what it was or if the prescription had been filled. The doctor had seen Prince on April 20 and April 7, the day the star cut a show in Atlanta, the warrant said.

During the two visits, Dr Schulenberg, 46, who practises family medicine, performed tests and prescribed medicine for an undisclosed ailment, the affidavit said.

The warrant sought medical records from the North Memorial Medical Center, where Dr Schulenberg was working when Prince was found dead, but is no longer employed by the medical system.

Prince died a day before he was to meet California doctor Howard Kornfeld, who specialises in addiction treatment, for a "life-saving mission", the doctor's lawyer had said. He was preparing to be treated for an opioid dependency by Dr Kornfeld, who was first contacted by the singer's representatives on April 20. Prince, 57, was said to have suffered debilitating pain in his hips. The authorities have said they are investigating what role painkillers might have played in his death.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old inmate has said he is the son of Prince and is seeking a DNA test that could make him the sole surviving heir to the star's estate. The lawyer for Carlin Williams, who is from Kansas City, lodged an objection to a court filing by Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, who said the singer had no children.

Williams is serving a sentence for gun possession in a stolen car and is not due to leave the high-security federal prison in Colorado till 2020. His mother submitted a sworn statement saying she met Prince at a Kansas City hotel in July 1976.

The two drank wine and then he took her to his room at the now defunct Midwest Hotel where they had unprotected sex, she said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2016, with the headline 'Prince prescribed medicine'. Print Edition | Subscribe