Opioid Overdose Killed Prince, Medical Examiner Says

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19:  Musician Prince performs on stage at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Prince was honored with the Vanguard Award.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The mourning over the death of Prince hasn’t seemed to stop since his body was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21.

That sadness took another heartbreaking turn on Thursday with a report that the man born Prince Rogers Nelson died of an opioid overdose.

For some, the possible cause of death mattered less than the fact that legendary star had passed away at the age of 57.

One person tweeted “Prince, it’s not important how u died. It’s important that u continually gave us the gift of ur greatness thru song. We’ll ALWAYS Luv U!!”

Revelations about the superstar’s use of opioids have helped to shine a further light on the issue of prescription drug abuse in America.

In April the FAA released a recording from an emergency landing made by Prince’s jet days before his death because of an “unresponsive male” passenger.

A fan tweeted Thursday “#Prince passed on of #ChronicPain essentially. Anyone that has been in chronic debilitating agony knows what that feels like.”

An attorney working for an opioid addiction specialist in California said that the day before Prince died, his team called the specialist seeking urgent help for the singer.

Attorney William Mauzy said opioid addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld was unable to travel to Minnesota and sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, instead.

But the younger Kornfeld did not arrive in time. He and two Prince representatives found the star unresponsive in an elevator. Kornfeld is the one who made the 911 call to alert authorities.

The online fan community Prince.org lit up Thursday with the news.

Some spoke of their dismay, while other expressed frustration that more information about the singer’s death had not yet been released.

“I can’t help but think there is more to it,” one person wrote. “I just wish instead of letting the results trickle out they would just release it all at once. It’s heartbreaking as it is!”

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