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U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA Join Prince Death Investigation

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Federal authorities, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, are now joining the investigation into the death of pop superstar Prince.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a statement Wednesday saying that it and DEA would be joining the local investigation of the April 21 death of the music icon.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion. While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy said that a doctor who specializes in addiction treament, Howard Kornfeld, had arranged to evaluate the singer but never met him before his death.

In the weeks following Prince’s death, reports have alleged that Prince had painkillers in his possession, but it has not been confirmed if the medications were a factor.


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