As the investigation into Prince’s death continues fans are learning more and more about the artist’s private life. Details emerged today that Prince was in the process of getting help for his pain management and prescription drug abuse.
Wednesday April 20, 2016
• Prince’s inner circle had consulted addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld about a “grave medical concern.”
• Kornfeld was in California but he arranged for Prince to meet with his son, Andrew Kornfeld. Andrew was going to discuss with Prince the treatment plan for pain management and any addiction issues. This was not an intervention as Prince knew he needed help.
Thursday April 21, 2016
• Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park around 10am. Prince’s staff could not find him for the meeting. That’s when everyone began looking around and Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator. The staff was so distraught that it was Andrew Kornfeld who made the 911 call. Part of the delay in paramedics getting to Prince was that Kornfeld did not know the physical address as he had just arrived in Minnesota.
• Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 AM.
• The announcement of Prince’s death came at 12:10 PM.
Though toxicology reports have not yet been released many speculate Prince died of a prescription drug overdose. Prince’s addiction may have begun when he refused hip surgery. Prince refused the hip surgery due to his faith in 2009. Prince, a devout Jehovah’s Witness refuses blood transfusions. It would be nearly impossible for the star to go through a double hip surgery without needing blood. Due to the conflict Prince decided against the surgery. It is believed as the years past the pain become unbearable. It is very common for hip patients to use medication for their pain management.
In an article ran by The Guardian in June of 2009 a source is quoted as saying,
“He’s in a lot of pain,” a source told the Hollywood Report’s Showbiz 411 blog this week. “[Prince] is popping pain killers and hoping it will all go away.”
The article goes on to say that Prince’s hip problems were first reported in 2005. He would often have a cane. Since he had been doing that since the 80’s no one noticed when it became more of an aid instead of fashion.
When you look at Prince’s religious beliefs, his age, and his risks it makes sense that he would put off surgery as long as possible. In the meantime, to tolerate his pain he became addicted not to the high of pain pills, but to being pain free.
Recently there were claims that he had a cocaine addiction as well. Again, all these claims are coming out prior to the actual toxicology report. It should be noted that the cocaine allegation came from someone that called from Germany in 2011 saying Prince said he had cocaine addiction in 2010 and she should tell authorities. We’re not going to acknowledge the accusation unless toxicology reports come back saying positive for cocaine.