In early April, he had canceled shows, citing the flu, and his personal chef, Ray Roberts, told police Prince was eating less, losing weight and "didn't seem good". Prosecutors alleged Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg wrote a prescription for oxycodone in the name of Prince's bodyguard, intending it to go Prince.
His former fiancée and music collaborator Sheila E. told ABC News in 2016, the day after his death, that he'd suffered many injuries from performing.
Schulenberg had examined Prince in the weeks before his death and illegally prescribed the star 15 Percocet pills in the name of his manager, Kirk Johnson, in order to protect the star's privacy, officials said. Prince's doctor had prescribed a medication used to treat opioid withdrawal. I can drive over if it would help.
According to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, all of the pills that were marked "Watson 853" were counterfeit.
Those words, found amid hundreds of pages of interviews between investigators and Prince's closest confidants, provide insight into just how much the man known for his energetic performances and larger-than-life personality was suffering.
Metz said Prince had suffered from pain for years and likely believed he was taking a common painkiller.
Metz said law enforcement was unable to determine who'd provided the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl that killed Prince despite "intensive investigation".
Prosecutors add that no one will be criminally charged in the singer's death.