In Touch has exclusively learned that the untimely death of music icon Prince is now the subject a federal investigation.
“The [Department of Justice] will be investigating Prince’s death along with the [Drug Enforcement Administration],” a source in the DOJ tells In Touch. “The DEA and the DOJ in Minneapolis will team up and bring an enormous amount of resources to this investigation. The parallels between this and Michael Jackson’s death are obvious.”
The investigation “will be throwing all of their resources into uncovering prescription abuses by the doctors who have issued the prescriptions to Prince. They will be looking into all the doctors, how he obtained the medications, who prescribed them, how the doctors’ prescribing habits [had been] in the past. They will be looking into all the dark corners of this to see beyond what the county can not.”
According to the source, Carver County will remain the lead on the investigation, while the resources provided by the national agencies will assist in the investigation.
A spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota confirms the details of the investigation exclusively to In Touch.
“The US Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and US Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion,” the spokesperson says. “While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”
The Grammy winner passed away at his Paisley Park estate on April 21. He was 57.