No criminal charges in Prince's overdose death, prosecutor announces

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"Without probable cause and no identified suspect, the Carver County Attorney office can not file any criminal charges involving the death of Prince", Metz said. Though it had been known for some time that Prince had died of an accidental overdose of the synthetic opiate fentanyl, the confidential report revealed that the concentration of the painkiller was "exceedingly high".

The doctor has reportedly admitted to writing prescriptions for Percocet in Johnson's name, with the knowledge that the painkillers were actually intended for Prince, but "investigators do not suspect Schulenberg of supplying the fentanyl that caused Prince's death", the Star Tribune reported.

Associates at Paisley Park told investigators that Prince had been "going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication", according to an affidavit unsealed in state court past year.

A laboratory report obtained by The Associated Press notes that one of the pills found in a prescription bottle with Johnson's name contained oxycodone.

Associates at Paisley Park told investigators that Prince had been "going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication", according to an affidavit unsealed in state court a year ago.

Prince was found dead of a fentanyl overdose the next day.

"Prince's death is a tragic example that opioid addiction and overdose deaths do not discriminate, no matter the demographic", Metz said.

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After his death, close friends of Prince said they didn't believe the musician - a Jehovah's Witness and proponent of clean leaving - was abusing drugs.

Prince died of a fentanyl overdose, not oxycodone. Prince did not have any prescriptions for Fentanyl.

"Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him", the attorney said. He said there's no evidence any person associated with Prince knew he possessed any counterfeit pill containing fentanyl.

Law enforcement had been investigating Prince's death for the past two years.

Amy S. Conners, Schulenberg's attorney, said in a statement the settlement was made "in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation".

But the U.S. Attorney's Office said Schulenberg wrote the prescription for Johnson "knowing that the controlled substances were meant to be used by another individual".

Prince's death at 57 sparked a national outpouring of grief, as well as a joint county and federal investigation.

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