The doctor who prescribed music icon Prince with the drugs that ultimately took his life has been fined. Prince was 57 when he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park studio home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016. No one was criminally charged in his death, and the source of the counterfeit pills that killed him remains unknown. Authorities said it was likely Prince didn't know he was taking the synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Reports say that Dr. Michael Schulenberg treated Prince in the weeks before his death and prescribed him the drugs he was taking.
The board did not name Prince, but the Star Tribune reports he was identified as 'Patient No. 1' and his longtime friend and bodyguard Kirk Johnson as 'Patient No. 2.'
In the video below you can clearly see Schlenberg walking in front of Prince and Johnson.
Authorities said Schulenberg admitted prescribing oxycodone, a different opioid, to Prince's bodyguard Johnson in the days before Prince died, knowing the drug would go to Prince. Schulenberg disputed that allegation, although he paid $30,000 in 2018 to settle a federal civil violation alleging the drug was prescribed illegally.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months, it was reported last month. Johnson was deposed during the wrongful death litigation, but refused to answer nearly all of the questions, according to a transcript.
This doesn't bring back our legend but it does give his family and fans a small measure of closure. The big slap in the face, though, comes from the medical board. The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice last month reprimanded Dr. Michael Schulenberg and ordered him to pay a civil penalty of ONLY $4,648.
What a small amount for a legend so big!