Prince died on eve of planned meeting with addiction doctor

Wed May 4, 2016 6:08pm EDT
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By Suzannah Gonzales

(Reuters) - Music legend Prince died one day before he was scheduled to meet a doctor who specializes in addiction treatment for a "life-saving mission," the doctor's lawyer said at a news conference on Wednesday.

California doctor Howard Kornfeld was first contacted by Prince representatives on April 20, one day before the singer's body was discovered at his home, attorney William Mauzy told reporters.

"Dr. Kornfeld felt that his mission was a life-saving mission," Mauzy said.

The news came shortly before federal authorities, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, announced they were joining the investigation into Prince's death.

The cause of death remains undetermined, and it could be weeks before autopsy results are released. Police have said they found no signs of suicide or obvious trauma.

Kornfeld, who runs Recovery Without Walls, a clinic in Mill Valley, California, planned to fly to Minnesota to meet with Prince on April 22, Mauzy said. In the meantime, his son, Andrew Kornfeld, a staff member at his clinic, traveled to Minnesota on April 21 for an initial discussion.

When Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park, the home-studio complex Prince owned in a Minneapolis suburb, the singer was not available, Mauzy said. A staff member found the artist unconscious in an elevator, and Kornfeld called 911.

Prescription opioid medication was found at the scene, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.   Continued...

U.S. musician Prince performs at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood, southern England July 3, 2011. The body of music superstar Prince was found one day before a doctor was to meet him to help end an addiction to painkillers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported May 4, 2016, citing the doctor's lawyer. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo