Official: Pills found at Prince’s estate contained fentanyl

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An official close to the investigation says several pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained the powerful opioid fentanyl.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. He says many of the pills were found inside aspirin and vitamin bottles tucked in a suitcase, in duffel bags and in a dressing room.

Autopsy results released in June show Prince died April 21 of a fentanyl overdose. The official who spoke to the AP said records show Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died.

Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs.

 

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