Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Disambiguation, Apr 21, 2016.
Since that one day.
CO: Muzak. You can stop playing "Purple Rain" as elevator music now. First, your rendition sucks. Secondly, its macabre irony isn't lost on some of us, since Prince died in an elevator. Thanks, in advance, you douchebags.
Prince's Close Friends Reveal How His Painkiller Addiction Began | Us Weekly
Official says Prince died of opioid overdose | The Associated Press
Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Prince's death: Key players in investigation and aftermath | The Associated Press
Since Prince's sudden death at age 57 on April 21, a host of figures have emerged as key players in the investigation of how he died and in the ultimate division of his estate, which is worth millions.
The go go's. Joan Jett. Spandeua ballet
What is Fentanyl? The drug that killed Prince has killed thousands of others | NBC News
The drug that killed Prince is a narcotic so powerful that it was blamed for the accidental deaths of as many as 120 hostages when Russian forces used it to subdue Chechen terrorists during the 2002 siege of a packed Moscow theater.
A medical examiner's report Thursday said Prince — who was found dead April 21 in an elevator at his home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota — died from Fentanyl toxicity.
The autopsy report from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minnesota, gave no details apart from declaring that Prince, 57, died from an apparently self-administered dose of Fentanyl. It's still not known how he got the drug or, if it was prescribed, why.
But at the time of his death, Prince was being treated for opioid withdrawal, as well as anemia and a fatigue, a source with knowledge of his treatment told NBC News.
After Prince's Tragic Overdose, Here's What You Need to Know About Fentanyl | Alternet
Think of it this way...
Michael Jackson was the king of the pop/rock era of the time. Literally nobody could compete with him.
And guess what, a "nobody" called Prince, rocked everybody at the time with his music and style. That's why many have respect for him. He had to balls to do what a lot of other artists didn't.
and then there is Eddie Van Halen, who is still alive, and a guitar god.
Minnesota Governor, Mark Drayton, has declared tomorrow, June 7, as Prince Day in celebration of Prince's birthday...because everyone knows Jehovah Witnesses simply adore celebrating birthdays.
"Maureen Herman, author and musician, is currently writing her first book, It's a Memoir, Motherfucker on Macmillan's Flatiron Books imprint, due out 2017. She was the bassist of Babes in Toyland from 1992 until 1996 and from 2014 to mid-2015. She lives in Los Angeles with her amazing daughter. She’s also known to be activist-y."
Prince: death by ignorance and fear
By Maureen Herman, Boing Boing, June 5, 2016
There it was on my Facebook feed this week: Trending: Prince. Why was Prince a trending topic when he’d been found dead a month ago? Then I learned his official cause of death had just been released: “Accidental Fentanyl toxicity.” In other words, he unintentionally overdosed on a drug he was taking to treat chronic pain. After reading the comments on the various new Prince articles, it hit me: though Prince’s body died of opioid overdose, the autopsy report may as well have said “death by ignorance and fear,” both his own, and the public’s.
If “death by ignorance and fear” sounds inflammatory and sensational, stop and think about it. Why on earth would anyone wait to get medical help for something that could kill them? Would you furtively seek treatment if you realized you had something potentially fatal? Would you wait until things were so bad that your life was literally falling apart and you were afraid you might die? No. You’d rightly engage in proactive self-care and get professional medical treatment, with no fear that anyone would proclaim you as weak-willed and morally bankrupt. You would do it with no fear that it might permanently damage your reputation, your career, or negatively affect your family. But that’s not the case with addiction and mental health.
Because of his fear of what had become his “secret” getting out to the public, Prince passed off an emergency plane landing due to overdose as “the flu.” The public’s eyes were on him, and treatment that would have saved his life was delayed. Why? It is primarily the ignorance and fear of an addiction-shaming and tabloid culture that drives public figures to make such insane decisions. The press and public surely would have turned the very normal act of Prince seeking medical treatment for his condition into scandalous fodder, something the very private Prince -- or anyone -- would likely choose to avoid.
Most of the reactions to the cause of death news were disheartening to read, partly because I used to work for Prince, who was as straight an arrow as they come. I was 22 years old and got a gig as the production secretary for his second film, “Graffiti Bridge,” shot at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. I wasn’t on set much, mostly working in the production office, which was on the main floor, right across from the elevator that led upstairs and to Prince’s private quarters. That was usually where I saw him, stepping out of the elevator door in the morning. So when I heard that his body was found in the elevator, it was a jarring visual contrast to the spry cannon of energy that bounced out of that door every day in four inch heels.
I liked working at Paisley Park, it was a very professional environment, but also had a community feel to it, and I felt like I was a part of something. When George Clinton would do his scenes, he would ask me to watch his grandson for him and we got chatty over time. I was even able to get my brother a job on the film, doing security patrol. It seemed to me that Prince took the good will that Warner Bros. showed in building Paisley Park, very seriously, and passed it on to others. It was a not a glorified man-cave or over-priced party house. Prince ran the place like what it was -- a world class production facility with a massive soundstage, recording studio, and performance space. From my observations, the partying took place offsite and did not involve Prince. (It was apparently in George Clinton’s wheelhouse, however.)
Very good read.
Singer Reveals What Happened Inside Private Plane Where Prince Collapsed
Published by Inside Edition on June 22, 2016
Singer and Prince protegee Judith Hill has opened up about the night the “Purple Rain” musician's private plane was forced to make an emergency landing, less than a week before his death. They were heading home after a late night concert in Atlanta. “Now he’s gone, and I realize I was leaning on him a lot,” she said. “And that’s what’s scary. I’m on my own.”
I Was on That Fateful Flight With Prince: A Protégée Tells Her Story | The New York Times
Prince: Criminal Investigation Full Bore, Doctors On The Hot Seat | TMZ
The Prince criminal death investigation is in high gear, and authorities are scrutinizing two doctors, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our sources say authorities are taking a hard look at Prince's primary physician Dr. Michael Schulenberg and renowned addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld, to determine if either of them crossed the legal line by writing prescriptions to Prince or otherwise facilitating the singer's acquisition of meds.
We're told three agencies are deep into the investigation -- the FBI, the DEA and the Carver County District Attorney's Office.
Prince died after OD'ing on Fentanyl, an extremely powerful narcotic. TMZ broke various stories that the singer was addicted to Percocet and almost died from the drug 6 days before his ultimate passing.
We also broke the story: hours before Prince's death, he was photographed at a Walgreens near his home in Paisley Park pacing and looking anxious as someone went inside to get a prescription.
Dr. Schulenberg was at Prince's home when his body was discovered, but says he was only there to inform Prince of some test results. Dr. Kornfeld's son was also at the house with a backpack loaded with synthetic opiates to treat addiction. Kornfeld's lawyer says none of the opiates went into Prince's system.
As for the two doctors, Kornfeld is still actively practicing in Marin County, CA, but Dr. Schulenberg has been MIA from his med clinic since Prince died in April.
Our sources say if state charges are filed, the case will not go to the grand jury. The DA will make the decision. We're told it's unclear how long the investigation will take, but it could be several months.
Mislabeled fentanyl pills found at Prince’s home, source says | Duluth News Tribune
Pills marked as hydrocodone that were seized from Paisley Park after Prince’s overdose death actually contained fentanyl, the powerful opioid that killed him, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
The musician, who weighed only 112 pounds when he died April 21, had so much of the drug in his system, autopsy results later showed, that it would have killed anyone, regardless of size, the source said.
Prince did not have a prescription for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that has been described as 100 times more powerful than morphine, the source said.
Despite the finding, investigators still aren’t certain how Prince ingested the fentanyl. They are leaning toward the theory that he took the pills not knowing they contained the drug.
An autopsy report released in June by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said Prince died from an accidental, self-administered overdose of fentanyl. But it did not indicate how he obtained the painkiller, nor did it list any other cause of death or “significant condition.”
Illicit fentanyl has traditionally been mixed with or sold as heroin. But the Drug Enforcement Administration said drug traffickers have since expanded the illicit fentanyl market by producing counterfeit pills that contain the opioid.
And while the 2006 raid of a Mexican drug lab halted an earlier surge in fentanyl-linked overdose deaths, authorities say China-sourced fentanyl and precursor chemicals are now being sold to criminals running clandestine pill-press operations across North America.
A recent flood of “wholesale amounts” of counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl prompted the DEA last month to issue a report warning of a rise in “overdoses, deaths and opiate-dependent individuals.” The DEA said it tested eight times as much fentanyl last year as it did during the 2006 crisis.
“This is becoming a trend,” according to the DEA’s report, “not a series of isolated incidents.”
No Conrad Murray in Prince's Death | TMZ
Prince's deadly dose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl was NOT prescribed by a doctor, which means it's a near impossibility anyone will ever be charged with his murder.
Law enforcement sources confirm investigators have not turned up a prescription for the Fentanyl. The Fentanyl pills found at Paisley Park were in a bottle labeled hydrocodone -- and it's now believed they were illegally obtained.
Our sources tell us whoever gave Prince the drug would face a 3rd degree murder charge under Minnesota law. However, without a prescription, we're told Prince's doctors would be in the clear ... so there'll be no Conrad Murray-esque trial.
Investigators would have to track down the source of the illicit Fentanyl -- it's reportedly an epidemic problem in Minnesota -- for anyone to stand trial for murder.
It's still possible a doctor could get nailed for over-prescribing other opioids.
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