April 20, 2018 06:36 AM
Among a large amount of data made public by Carver County authorities Thursday after the close of the investigation into the death of Minnesota music icon Prince are video and photographs of the musician after he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21, 2016.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced earlier Thursday that no criminal charges would be filed in Prince's death, as investigators cannot track down who gave him pills said to be a counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl.
The video and photographs released to the public show Prince's body lying outside the elevator.
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Other images released by the Carver County Sheriff include piles of pills and prescription bottles scattered throughout Paisley Park.
Pictures of white pills with the imprint "WATSON 853" document the counterfeit pills investigators say were responsible for Prince's death.
Those pills, laced with Fentanyl, were photographed where they were found. Some were wrapped in bedding, some were in a jewelry box and others were found inside an Aleve container.
There are pictures of the musician's massive guitar collection, his cars in the garage and a stack of $10,000 laid on top of a pile of CDs.
There are some photos, taken as evidence, that also give a glimpse into the lighter side of the icon's private life. His fridge is fairly bare, yet Prince's freezer was fully stocked with Haagen Dazs ice cream.
A picture of the contents of Prince's dopp kit show the hand-written lyrics to his song 'U Got The Look'.
Investigators also took two photos of his doves. Their cage is on the second floor. It sits just above the hallway where investigators found Prince's body.
A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy, obtained by The Associated Press, showed he had what multiple experts called an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died.
The report said the concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter. It explained that fatalities have been documented in people with blood levels ranging from three to 58 micrograms per liter.
The report also said the level of fentanyl in Prince's liver was 450 micrograms per kilogram, and noted that liver concentrations greater than 69 micrograms per kilogram "seem to represent overdose or fatal toxicity cases."
KSTP obtained those numbers in May 2017 through sources, and also learned his gastric fentanyl registered at 14,000, an extraordinarily high amount, and more than his 112-pound body could handle, according to sources.
Katherine Johnson and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: April 20, 2018 06:36 AM
Created: April 19, 2018 04:40 PM
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