Prince probe 'focuses on doctors and black market'


More than five months after Prince's fatal drug overdose, a law enforcement official has said investigators have narrowed their focus to two main questions: whether doctors illegally prescribed opioids meant for the pop star and whether the fentanyl that killed him came from a black-market source.

Prince (Phil Sandin/AP)
Prince (Phil Sandin/AP)

Those questions raise the prospect that a doctor or doctors could be charged with writing unlawful prescriptions and that a separate suspect or set of suspects with ties to narcotics trafficking could be charged with supplying the drug.

Prince was 57 when he was found in an elevator at his suburban Minneapolis estate on April 21.

Authorities have revealed little publicly about their investigation.