Prince Search Warrants: Key Points We Learned From Monday's Release

April 17, 2017 06:37 PM

Here are some of the new details we learned about the events that led up to and followed Prince's death when search warrants executed by local authorities were unsealed Monday:

Paisley Park


* The search warrants say pills were found stashed in envelopes, baggies and vitamin bottles at Paisley Park, the singer's studio and home, after his death on April 21 of 2016.

Pills were also found next to the bed, in a suitcase and even in the laundry room. None of those pills were actually prescribed to Prince.

RELATED: Search Warrant: Doctor Admits Prescribing Painkiller to Prince Under Another Name to Protect Star's Privacy

Prince's Privacy

* The warrants detail steps Prince took to conceal his privacy. He traveled under the alias of Peter Bravestrong and did not own a cell phone because of fears of being hacked. He communicated only through landlines and email accounts set up by a former manager.

Investigators also later determined a prescription meant for Prince by a Minnesota doctor was issued in a bodyguard's name.

RELATED: Prince's Death: Key Players in the Investigation and Aftermath

Emergency Landing

* The search warrants add new detail to the early-morning emergency landing Prince's plane made in Moline, Ill. on April 15 of 2016. The singer was en route back to the Twin Cities from what ended up being his final show in Atlanta.

The incident occurred just days before his death. At the time, Prince's publicist said the musician was suffering from flu-like symptoms. But it has been widely-reported first responders administered a shot of Narcan on the tarmac, an antidote used in suspected opioid overdoses. He was then rushed to the hospital.

The search warrants state Prince was, in fact, "suffering from an opiate overdose," which necessitated the emergency landing. And that he admitted to taking "1-2 pain pills." They also state that he refused treatment after he was rushed to the hospital.

RELATED: Timeline of Key Events in Last 2 Weeks of Prince's Life

Green Backpack

* The search warrants show that after Prince's death, investigators searched a green backpack that contained unprescribed medications used to treat opioid addicts. Those medications had been brought from California by Andrew Kornfeld, whose father Howard operates an addiction recovery clinic.

Andrew Kornfeld admitted to investigators that he was not a licensed doctor and did not have the authority to administer them. He had been sent to Minnesota to determine if Prince was willing to participate in a treatment program. But the music icon was already dead by the time he arrived.

RELATED: A Glimpse at Prince's Final Moments


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