New details released in Prince death investigation

Minnesota authorities investigating the death of the rock-star Prince are releasing new details about the inquiry.

The 57-year-old singer was found dead in his Paisley Park studio on April 21.

A law enforcement official tells local station WCCO Prince had opioid medication on him when he died. He had prescriptions for the pills, which were also found in his home.

Now, the DEA has been brought in.

Opioids are commonly used to treat pain, but, as Dr. Drew Pinsky explained, taking them with other medications can be dangerous.
Pinsky, the host of "Dr. Drew," said, "They become lethal when they're combined with a benzodiazepine or a sleeping medication."

Investigators suspect an opioid-reaction forced the emergency landing of prince's plane about a week before he died.

He was given an overdose treatment, but Pinsky says that is standard: "Narcan is always given for an unresponsive patient, whether you know they're on opiates or not," he said.

A former bass guitarist for Prince says the musician lived an exemplary lifestyle. Andrew Gouche said, "Being around Prince made everyone else want to be healthy because that was the example that he set all the time."

Investigators are waiting on autopsy and toxicology results before determining an official cause-of-death for the beloved music icon.

Authorities say it will take several weeks for the relevant test results to come back.

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