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Prince’s death: Superstar didn’t know he was taking fentanyl; no one charged with a crime

By Maria Puente, USA TODAY

Music superstar Prince died two years ago because he thought he was taking the common painkiller Vicodin when, unbeknownst to him, it was laced with deadly fentanyl, authorities said Thursday.

“He thought he was taking Vicodin and not fentanyl,” said Carver County Attorney Mark Metz at a press conference in Prince’s home county.

Just short of two years after Prince’s death, Metz announced that no one will be charged with a crime in connection with his death because there’s no evidence showing how he got fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin, and no evidence he knew that’s what it was.


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