Newly Released Documents Reveal Prince’s Doctor Admitted He Prescribed Star Opioids Under False Name

As the first anniversary of Prince‘s shocking death approaches, newly unsealed court documents reveal that a doctor admitted to prescribing the singer opioids under a false name.


Dr. Michael Schulenberg said he prescribed Prince – whose April 21, 2016 death was ruled as an opioid overdose – Oxycodone under his bodyguard Kirk Johnson’s name in order to preserve his privacy, according to multiple search warrants executed last year.


At Paisley Park – the singer’s Minnesota compound – a suitcase labeled with the name tag “Peter Bravestrong” was found containing multiple pill bottles in Johnson’s name, according to the documents. The prescription bottles contained pills other than those listed. Bravestrong, witnesses said, was an alias Prince often used while traveling.


Johnson, a close confidante and aide who started working for Prince in the ’80s, said he was unaware the singer was addicted to pain medication, according to the documents. Witnesses, however, told authorities that Prince had recently been going through withdrawals from pain medication. (PEOPLE has been unable to reach Johnson and his lawyer for comment.)


In addition to the medication found in the suitcase, investigators also discovered opioids in multiple areas of Paisley Park and stored in containers other than pill vials, including vitamin bottles.


The warrants also reveal more details of Prince’s romance with protegé Judith Hill, which she told authorities started in the fall of 2014. Hill said that she communicated with Prince over landline phone or an email under the name of the star’s former manager.



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