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An opioid addiction expert was coming to help Prince just before he died

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Help was on the way.
By Adam Pasick
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The late superstar Prince was due to meet with an opioid addiction expert the morning his body was found at his Paisley Park estate, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported.

Dr. Howard Kornfeld runs the Recovery Without Walls facility in Mill Valley, California. He sent his son Andrew Kornfeld, who works with him, to Minnesota to meet with Prince on April 21—the day the musician was pronounced dead at age 57—and planned to come to Minnesota himself the following day.

“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,” Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy, who is representing the Kornfelds, told the Star Tribune. When the younger Kornfeld arrived at 9:30 am, Prince could initially not be found, Kornfeld said. Staff found his body in an elevator a few minutes later, and Andrew Kornfeld said he called 911 because Prince’s representatives were too distraught.

Kornfeld simply told the dispatcher: “We’re at Prince’s house.”

Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 am, the Star Tribune reported, 19 minutes after responders arrived.

Autopsy and toxicology results are still pending. Prescription pills were reportedly found at the death scene, and authorities are also investigating an emergency landing by Prince’s private jet six days before his death, when he was reportedly treated for an opioid overdose.

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