The Star Tribune is reporting that Prince was scheduled to meet with an addiction specialist the day that he died.
According to the report, on April 20th, a rep for Prince called California-based addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld, telling the doctor that Prince “was dealing with a grave medical emergency.”
A week before Prince’s death, the musician’s private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. At the time, it was reported that Prince was suffering from dehydration and the flu. However, posthumous reports reveal that the singer allegedly overdosed on opioids and required a “save shot” (a potentially life-saving solution to illegal and prescription drug overdoses).
After receiving the call from Prince’s rep, Dr. Kornfeld dispatched his son Andrew Kornfeld to Prince’s Paisley Park estate to discuss a treatment plan. Andrew arrived on the morning of April 21st, and Prince was found alone and unresponsive in his elevator. It was Kornfeld who made the 911 call to Minnesota police.
“We’re at Prince’s house,” Andrew Kornfeld told 911 dispatchers, unsure of the address. “The people are just distraught… We’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we are at the home of Prince.” At the time, Kornfeld was carrying a small amount of buprenorphine, a medication that helps curb addiction to painkillers.
“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,” William Mauzy, the Kornfeld family’s lawyer, told the Tribune. “The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.”
The Star Tribune claims that investigators are already treating Prince’s death as a criminal investigation and are looking into who provided the singer with opioids.
Prince’s autopsy results are still pending.