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Prince team sought addiction doctor's help

Addiction specialist's son flew to Minnesota to meet with Prince, newspaper said

Michael Pearson | 5/4/2016, 3 p.m.
Prince was scheduled to discuss treatment with an eminent opioid addiction specialist's team the day he died, the Minneapolis Star ...
Prince is pictured here as Christopher Tracy in the movie "Under the Cherry Moon." (Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment)

— Prince was scheduled to discuss treatment with an eminent opioid addiction specialist's team the day he died, the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper reported.

A Prince representative contacted the San Francisco offices of Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 20 seeking help with "a grave medical emergency," the newspaper reported Tuesday, citing William Mauzy, a Minneapolis attorney whom the newspaper said is working with the Kornfelds.

Kornfeld runs "Recovery Without Walls," which specializes in treating opioid addiction among other issues, according to its website.

Kornfeld could not make it, but sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld in his place. The elder Kornfeld planned to fly out the following day, the newspaper reported.

Andrew Kornfeld took an overnight flight to Minnesota and met with Prince's representatives the morning of April 21, the Star-Tribune reported.

He was among the group that found the 57-year-old entertainer's body inside an elevator at his Paisley Park studios, the newspaper cited Mauzy as saying.

Andrew Kornfeld is the voice heard on the 911 call alerting authorities to trouble at Prince's Chanhassen, Minnesota, estate, the newspaper said.

CNN was attempting to reach Mauzy, Howard Kornfeld and Prince representatives for comment Wednesday.

The revelation follows news that investigators had found opioid medication with Prince's body, a law enforcement source told CNN last week.

Investigators also believe a health scare about a week before Prince's death, which caused an unscheduled landing of his plane in Illinois, was likely the result of a reaction to the pain medication, a law enforcement source said.

Results of an April 22 autopsy are still pending.

Last week, a Carver County, Minnesota, judge appointed Bremer Trust to manage Prince's estate after it was revealed he did not have a will.