Before Prince’s death, he was struggling with addiction issues, and the legend’s team enlisted the help of addiction specialist Andrew Kornfeld. Sadly he arrived too late, but he’s now right in the middle of this tragic case. Get to know more about Andrew’s involvement right here!
An attorney announced a shocking new revelation in the the mystery that is Prince‘s death: He was facing a “grave medical emergency” that involved addiction. To make things even more sad, an addiction specialist named Andrew Kornfeld was ready to help Prince on his way to treatment on April 21, the day that he died. Find out five quick facts about Andrew — and his attempt to save Prince’s life — below.
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1. He’s the one who called 911 to get Prince help.
After arriving on the scene at Prince’s Paisley Park estate, he went to approach the singer with two Prince representatives. Unfortunately, it was too late by the time they found Prince in his home’s elevator, but Andrew called authorities to handle Prince’s death.
2. He’s the son of Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who was originally going to be sent to help Prince.
One day before Prince died, his team called Howard, an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California, as they thought the singer needed urgent help. Howard couldn’t get there when they needed him, so he sent his son instead as he is a practice consultant for his father’s pain management and addiction clinic.
3. He was ironically sent to save Prince’s life.
As Prince’s team requested, Andrew made the trip to his estate in order to help evaluate Prince’s health as well as encourage him to enter treatment for “pain management and potential addiction issues,” Andrew’s attorney William Mauzy told reporters in a press conference on May 4.
4. He’s now part of a criminal investigation because of his involvement with Prince on the day of his death.
Andrew was sent with a small quantity of a medication called buprenorphine — which is meant to help pain and opiate addiction — to treat Prince. Because Andrew is not a doctor, though, investigators took him into custody, interviewed him, and informed him of the investigation. But because he called 911, Minnesota’s Good Samaritan laws protect Andrew from prosecution.
5. He had never met Prince before finding the singer dead.
During the press conference, William confirmed that neither Howard nor Andrew had ever met with the legendary musician before his death. That just makes this whole thing even more heartbreaking!
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised to hear that Prince was dealing with addiction? Continue sending your thoughts and prayers to his loved ones as they wait to find out his true cause of death.