What was Prince's "Cause of Death": AIDS or Addiction?

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What was Prince's "Cause of Death": AIDS or Addiction?

That same day, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that they were joiningthe Carver County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

"The DEA and U.S. Attorney's Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion", a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office told ABC News.

William Mauzy, the prominent Minneapolis attorney representing the Kornfeld family, said Andrew Kornfeld had the buprenorphine in his backpack when he arrived at Prince's Paisley Park estate on the morning of April 21.

The day before Prince died, his team called an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California seeking urgent help for the singer, an attorney working for the specialist and his son said Wednesday.

When Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park, the home-studio complex Prince owned in a Minneapolis suburb, the singer was not available, Mauzy said. Mauzy says the goal was to get Prince's health stabilized, and then bring him to California to help break the addiction. He turned the drug over to authorities investigating Prince's death, Mauzy said.

But Prince's representatives could not initially find the musician, Mauzy said. The specialized doctor was contacted by Prince representatives after the Purple-Rain-singer was reportedly administered a "save shot" after suffering an alleged overdose while flying home to Minneapolis. Mauzy said Andrew Kornfeld meant to give the medication to a local doctor that Kornfeld had arranged to see Prince on the following day.

He added that Andrew Kornfeld gave the medication to Carver County investigators, who later interviewed him and the two others - whom Mauzy identified only as Prince staffers - who were at Paisley Park when the body was found.

Kornfeld runs a clinic in Mill Valley called "Recovery Without Walls" and he planned to fly to Minnesota to meet with Prince on April 22, Mauzy said. Minnesota authorities released a log showing the 911 called, which are related to everything from medical emergencies to false fire alarms.

Asked what Kornfeld should have done if told Prince's condition was an emergency, Willenbring said: "If it's an emergency, call 911, for God's sake". The Star Tribune, also citing unnamed sources, reported that prescription pills were found but that it wasn't clear whether they had been prescribed to Prince. Under the law, a person who seeks medical assistance for someone who is overdosing on drugs may not be prosecuted for possessing or sharing controlled substances, under certain circumstances. Prince has been one of the most iconic singers and musicians of the last four decades.