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According to reports, several pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. An official close to the investigation says many pills were falsely labeled as “Watson 385,” but according to Drug.com, that stamp is used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
Almost a dozen tablets were found in a dressing room at Paisley Park, but the majority were in bottles of Vitamin C and aspirin that had been tucked inside a suitcase and bags, including one Prince often carried with him.
When made into counterfeit pills, Fentanyl users don’t always know they’re taking the drug, which increases the risk of fatal overdose. Prince’s autopsy report revealed that the singer died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs.
Prince Through The Years
1. Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.1 of 23
2. Prince at the Grammy Awards.Source:Getty 2 of 23
3. Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center.Source:Getty 3 of 23
4. Prince performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 10, 1997 in Mountain View, California.Source:Getty 4 of 23
5. Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.Source:Getty 5 of 23
6. Prince plays guitar on stage during a concert, 1985.Source:Getty 6 of 23
7. US singer Prince attends the French Tennis Open round of sixteen match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 2, 2014.Source:Getty 7 of 23
8. Prince performs on stage, London, 1993.Source:Getty 8 of 23
9. Prince performs on stage on the Hit N Run-Parade Tour, Wembley Arena, London, August 1986.Source:Getty 9 of 23
10. American singer and songwriter Prince stands on stage with his arms outstretched, wearing high-waisted white pants, circa 1990.Source:Getty 10 of 23
11. American singer-songwriter Prince performing on stage, 1986.Source:Getty 11 of 23
12. Recording artist Prince leaving the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood.Source:Getty 12 of 23
13. Musician Prince accepts the Male R&B Award (L) from actress Mo’Nique and singer Rihanna onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006.Source:Getty 13 of 23
14. Prince performing at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. on October 10th, 1997.Source:Getty 14 of 23
15. Musician Prince holds up singer Patti LaBelle’s shoe during her performance at the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010.Source:Getty 15 of 23
16. Musician Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida.Source:Getty 16 of 23
17. Prince performing in NYC at the Bottom Line on February 15, 1980.Source:Getty 17 of 23
18. RITZ CLUB Photo of Prince.Source:Getty 18 of 23
19. Prince stands up to collect the award for Best International Artist at the British Record Industry Awards.Source:Getty 19 of 23
20. Singers Sheila E (left) and Prince arriving for a tour of Britain, July 25th 1988.Source:Getty 20 of 23
21. Kim Basinger with singer Prince, circa 1988.Source:Getty 21 of 23
22. Prince at the MTV/VH1 Party, Round House, London.Source:Getty 22 of 23
23. Goodbye Prince. Rest in Peace.Source:Getty 23 of 23
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