Prince Had Painkillers on Him When He Died

The DEA is getting involved in the investigation
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2016 6:55 PM CDT
Updated Apr 28, 2016 12:30 AM CDT
Prince performs at the Super Bowl in 2007.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Officials say Prince had prescription painkillers on him—as well as elsewhere in his home—when he died last Thursday at the age of 57, CBS News reports. According to NBC News, the sheriff's department has asked for help from the DEA to figure out where the drugs came from and what prescriptions Prince held. Friends have said Prince took Percocet for pain in his hips brought on by years of performing. It remains unclear if the prescription drugs played any role in the death of the music superstar. A cause of death isn't expected to be made official for weeks.

In other Prince news, a Minnesota judge approved Bremer Trust, a corporate trust company, to handle Prince's estate while identifying his heirs, the AP reports. Prince appears to have died without a will, and his sister requested the trust look after the estate in the immediate future. It's unclear what that estate is worth, though it only grew in the three days after Prince's death when 2.3 million of his songs were purchased. (Click to see rare photos of Prince at 19.)

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