Rumors of Prince's opiate addiction have been circling ever since the legendary musician's death, some going so far as to speculate that he may have overdosed. Now reports have surfaced regarding Prince and a scheduled visit by a drug addiction doctor, the very same day he was found dead at Paisley Studios in Minnesota.
According to the Star Tribune, on April 20 Prince's representatives reached out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a well-respected opioid addiction treatment expert who runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California. Kornfeld's family attorney, William Mauzy, told the Star Tribune that Howard was unable to fly out at that moment, so instead his son Andrew made the trip from San Francisco, with the focus on meeting Prince the next morning.
“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,” Mauzy said on behalf of the Kornfelds. “The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.” Prince was supposed to commit to long-term care, taking place with Kornfeld in California.
On the morning of April 21, Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Studios around 9:30 am, bringing with him buprenorphine, a drug that has the ability to subdue opiate cravings. He was never able to administer the drug. Kornfeld met with Prince's representatives, but they were unable to locate the musician. This is when they found Prince on the ground in an elevator. It is reported that the representatives were "in too much shock" to know what to do, so Kornfeld is the one who made the 911 call.
After Prince's death, many reports came in revolving around his plane having to make an emergency landing in Illinois after a pair of concerts in Atlanta. This was said to be due to Prince overdosing on opiates, which as confirmed by sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
We will have more information on this developing story as it arises.