Drugs found in Prince’s home were falsely labeled as fentanyl, according to reports.
Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, officials investigating Prince’s death said the pills were labeled as hydrocodone, a weaker type of opioid.
Autopsy results released in June revealed Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Officials told the Associated Press Prince, 57, had no prescriptions for controlled substances at the time.
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The artist was found dead in an elevator inside his Paisley Park home in April.
According to the Star Tribune report, Prince weighed just 110lbs at the time of his death and had significantly more than a fatal dose of fentanyl in his system.
Fentanyl has been linked to a surge in overdoses in parts of the US after being incorporated into counterfeit pills.
The counterfeit pills found in Paisley Park contained a variety of drugs, according to the Associated Press, including fentanyl, lidocaine and U-4770, a synthetic drug eight times more powerful than morphine.
Tests on the musician prior to his death did not show fentanyl in his system, AP said, citing an official involved with the investigation, indicating the singer was not a long-term user of the drug.
The official said Prince had many of these pills with him a week before his death when his airplane made an emergency stop in Illinois after he fell ill.
Prince reportedly received two doses of Narcan, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, has revealed in court documents that her famous brother did not leave a will.
The documents, filed in state court in Minnesota, show Tyka Nelson has petitioned for a special administrator to oversee Prince’s estate.
Prince Nelson Rogers was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound in a suburb of Minnesota on April 21 at the age of 57.
The size of Prince’s fortune is unclear but includes $27 million in property.
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Tyka Nelson is Prince’s only surviving full sibling and stated in the papers that immediate action was necessary to manage her brother’s business interests.
Prince is on course to dominate charts this week, as mourning fans rush to buy his music, while the Hollywood Reporter claimed over three million of his songs and albums had been bought in the US since his death.
A private memorial service was held for Prince on April 23, attended by about 20 of his closest friends and family.
Following the service, drummer and frequent Prince’s collaborator Sheila E confirmed there were plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum, akin to Elvis’s Graceland.
Prince has died at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota at the age of 57.
Police were called to a medical emergency at the music icon’s estate on April 21 in the morning. An investigation is now under way.
On April 15, 2016, Prince’s private plane was forced to land in Illinois so he could seek medical treatment for flu-like symptoms. He had performed in a concert one day earlier in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed Prince’s death on Twitter, writing: “Prince Rogers Nelson (57) found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN. We are investigating the circumstances of his death.”
The police department had previously withheld his identity until the next of kin was notified.
Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times.
The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician’s innovative music spanned rock, funk, and jazz, and selling more than 100 million records during his career.
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A spokeswoman for the musician said: “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died.
“There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
Born on June 7, 1958, Prince was a prolific writer and performer from a young age – reportedly writing his first song when he was seven.
A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.
Prince also wrote music for several artists, with Sinead O’Connor’s version of Nothing Compares 2U becoming a worldwide smash in 1990.
In 1984, the musician won an Oscar for the score to Purple Rain, a movie he also starred in.
Throughout his career Prince had a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he “rewrote the rulebook”.