The prosecutor in Minnesota, the US county where Prince died, says no criminal charges will be filed in the musician’s death, ending the state's two-year investigation into how the music legend got the fentanyl that killed him.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced the news of no criminal charges overnight, revealing the doctor who was accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal violation.
Prosecutors alleged Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg wrote a prescription for oxycodone in the name of Prince’s bodyguard, intending it to go Prince.
Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in his studio in 2016. An autopsy found Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.
State and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for nearly two years, and have still not determined where the drug came from or how Prince got it.