An official autopsy report confirmed that music icon Prince died of overdose from opioid fentanyl.
More than a month after the death of Prince on April 21, state authorities have released to public the reason behind the artist’s death. Earlier, it was reported by Morning News USA that investigators are looking into possible angles that could explain the death, with a few possibilities pointing to AIDS and a suspected overdose to prescription painkiller Percocet.
But it appeared that it was not Percocet that Prince was abusing, the new report showed. Instead, it showed that the 57-year-old music icon died from accidental oversode to fentanyl, a type of opioid or a painkiller, a popular anti-cancer medication. It’s 50 times more powerful than commonly traded narcotic, heroin.
According to the autopsy report obtained by CNN from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office released Thursday, Prince’s death was due to a “decedent self-administered fentanyl.” It further noted that the artist’s manner of death was accidental.
But the same agency handling Prince’s case said it wouldn’t release the full toxicology report done to Prince, CNN reported. No additional and vital information such as what form of the drug Prince was taking nor how the artist acquired the same were provided from the publicly released report.
The music genius was found dead in his residence at Paisley Park on April 21. But immediately after his death, rumors circulated online about what caused the incident. He was 57 when he died, weighing only 112 pounds, which is relatively underweight for his height at 63 inches.
A separate report from the Chicago Tribune showed that a criminal case could be filed against anyone proven responsible for giving or administering Prince the drug. Although investigators have already ruled out foul play, this does not mean no one would be held responsible for the singer’s death.