Prince Passed Away Day Before Scheduled Meeting With Opioid Addiction Doctor: Report
Prince died just a day before he was scheduled to meet with a doctor in an effort to end his addiction to painkillers, according to a report.
Dr. Howard Kornfeld, an opioid addiction specialist, was called by Prince’s camp on April 20 because the singer “was dealing with a grave medical emergency,” attorney William Mauzy, a Minneapolis lawyer working with the Kornfeld family told The Star Tribute.
The California doctor, who runs Recovery Without Walls, could not clear his schedule in time to get to Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. He instead sent his son, Andrew, to assess the Grammy winner’s condition and explain the process, according to a report.
"The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission,” Mauzy told The Star Tribune.
Andrew arrived at Paisley Park on the morning of April 21. Others inside the compound could not find the singer until he was discovered unresponsive inside an elevator. Mauzy claims that it was Andrew that called 911.
Dr. Howard Kornfeld was scheduled to fly from California to Minnesota on April 22.
In the wake of the “Purple Rain” singer’s passing, it has been reported he had an addiction to painkillers for a hip problem. The singer underwent hip surgery in 2010.
Two weeks after Prince’s passing, tributes to the “The Future” singer are still pouring in.
Stevie Wonder penned a touching eulogy to Prince in Rolling Stone, writing: “Prince's music was so picturesque that even I could see it... I could feel that "Purple Rain" too. Prince's songs were that vivid, the images were that strong."
Wonder added: “Prince was so inspired, and so inspiring. He was kind, he was disciplined and he knew where he wanted to go. He was able to make big transitions. If Michael was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor.
“Prince fought for his artistic freedom. He didn't allow anyone or anything to get in his way. By following his own path, Prince took music to a whole other place, like the Beatles did. He wanted to change the way things were, like Marvin Gaye did. When you do that, you have to be very sure of yourself."