Doctor Prince Saw the Day Before Death Is Named

Dr. Michael Schulenberg turned up the next day with test results
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2016 4:44 AM CDT
Prince Saw a Doctor the Day Before He Died
A Carver County sheriff’s vehicle enters Prince's Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minn., on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)

Prince was seeking medical treatment right up until the day before his death, according to court records. A court document filed in connection with a search warrant for the star's medical records reveals that Prince saw local physician Dr. Michael Schulenberg on April 7 and on April 20, the New York Times reports. The day after the latter appointment, the doctor, who had prescribed medication for Prince and ordered tests, turned up at the star's Paisley Park compound to discover that his patient was already dead. Court documents state that Schulenberg gave Prince a prescription that was to be filled at a Walgreens, though it's not clear whether the singer ever did so, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Schulenberg, 46, was employed at North Memorial Medical Center in a Minneapolis suburb at the time of Prince's death, but the health system now says he no longer works there, the Star Tribune reports. Prince's cause of death has yet to be established, but investigators suspect a prescription drug overdose is to blame, and they want to speak to an addiction specialist who sent his son to Prince's house on an overnight flight the day before he died. The search warrant for North Memorial sought "all medical records, documents, reports, charts, photographs, prescriptions, doctor notes, and medical images for Prince Rogers Nelson," the AP notes. (Gene Simmons calls Prince's death "pathetic.")

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