The prosecutor in the American county where Prince died says no criminal charges will be filed in the death of the musician, which effectively ends Minnesota's two-year study of how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz's Notice of No Criminal Prosecution came overnight just hours after documents revealed a doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince to agree to pay $ 30,000 to settle a federal civil offense.
The accusations claimed Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg wrote a prescription for oxycodone in the name of Prince's bodyguard, who intended to go to Prince.
Metz said the evidence shows that Prince thought he took Vicodin, not fentanyl. He said there was no evidence that any person associated with Prince knew that he had a fake pill containing fentanyl.
The Prince was 57 when he was found alone and did not respond to an elevator at his studio in Paisley Park on April 21, 2016.
His death triggered a national spill of sadness and led to a joint investigation by Carver County and Federal Authorities.
An autopsy found Prince died of an unintended overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin.
State and federal authorities have investigated the source of fentanyl for almost two years, and still have not determined where the substance came from or how Prince got it.
While Carver County said it ended its role in the case, the United States Law Office had no immediate comment on the status of its investigation.
But a law enforcement official near the investigation told The Associated Press that the federal inquiry is now inactive unless new information appears. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is open.
Federal prosecutors and the US Drug Enforcement Administration claimed that Schulenberg, a family doctor who saw Prince at least twice before he died, violated the law on controlled substances when he wrote a recipe in the name of another on April 14, 2016 .
This article originally appeared on New York Post and has been reissued with permission.