Reports are now confirming that Prince did in fact die of an opiod overdose, specifically fentanyl. This substance is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and outside of a hospital setting, incredibly dangerous. His death was considered accidental.

The artistwas found deadat his Minneapolis estate on April 21, devastating the millions of fans he’d encouraged worldwide. Even those that didn’t call themselves fans were able to admit the huge impact he had on modern music, both pop and rock.

Fentanyl is manmade, like most opiates, and deaths related to its use have skyrocketed recently even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have put tight oversight in place.

It’s less common than oxycontin and heroin, but much more potent than either of them.

Police investigation

Two doctors are mentioned by name in the ensuing investigation by police in to how such an overdose was possible. Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg treated Prince with medications twice in the weeks before he died, and Dr. Howard Kornfeld was contacted by Prince’s representatives for his specialty of helping people through addiction.

The medical examiner who did the autopsy has declared his findings complete and closed the case. The police arestill investigatingto see if charges are warranted against anyone involved in supplying the drugs.

Prince was a musical icon. Not only did he write and perform himself for several decades, he’s also written for many other popular musicians such as Sheila E., Stevie Nicks, The Bangles, Sheena Easton, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Sinead O’Connor, and several others with songs such as Stand Back, Nothing Compares 2 U,How Come You Don't Call Me, The Glamorous Life, Manic Mondayand others, earning not just himself multiple top Billboard 100 spots, but other artists as well.

Several popular bands have performed covers of his songs, a practice that will likely continue with his death.

Hundreds of tributes

Dozens of Celebrities and musicians have performed musical tributes to Prince since he died, including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Adam Levine, Adele, among others. The outpour confirms that, like other superstars before him, his memory will live on in his music and in his fans' hearts.

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