On Thursday, law enforcement authorities in Minnesota closed a major part of their investigation into the death of Prince and announced that no one would be criminally charged in the case. Mark Metz, the attorney for Carver County, said in a news conference that Prince died after unknowingly taking counterfeit Vicodin that contained fentanyl, but that there was “no reliable evidence of how Prince obtained” the fatal drug.


 “We have no direct evidence that a specific person provided the fentanyl to Prince,” he said, adding that the investigation uncovered “no sinister motive, intent or conspiracy to murder Prince.” However,  Michael Schulenberg, a Minnesota doctor, who treated Prince twice not long before his death, has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation for an illegal prescription, said his lawyer, Amy Conners. 

Dr. Schulenberg admitted no liability as part of the settlement and has maintained he did not prescribe drugs to anyone with the intention they be redirected to Prince. His lawyer said in a statement that Dr. Schulenberg “is not a target in any criminal inquiry and there have been no allegations made by the government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death.”