03:42 GMT17 April 2021
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    Just one day before Prince’s tragic death left the world in mourning, the music icon had arranged to meet with a California-based doctor who specializes in addiction treatment.

    Attorney William Mauzy, who represents the doctor, Howard Kornfeld, stated that Prince never met with his client, but representatives of the artist reached out to him on April 20. Kornfield was reportedly unable to travel immediately, and sent his son Andrew to Minnesota in his place.

    According to Mauzy, Prince's representatives reached out to the elder Kornfeld, who runs a treatment center in California, because Prince was "dealing with a grave medical emergency,” and needed to be stabilized in Minnesota and convinced to go to the treatment center in California.

    "Dr. Kornfeld was never able to meet Prince, never talked to Prince, and sadly, unable to arrive in time to help Prince," Mauzy told the Associated Press.

    Along with sending his son, Kornfield set up an evaluation for Prince with a Minneapolis-based doctor who was supposed to meet with him on the morning he was found dead at his Paisley Park compound. Andrew Kornfeld was one of the people who found Prince unresponsive, and called 911.

    When police arrived at the compound, Andrew Kornfeld was carrying a small amount of buprenorphine, a drug used to treat addiction. Mauzy maintains that the younger Kornfeld never intended to give it to Prince, but was planning to give it to the doctor who would evaluate him.

    Mauzy did not comment on the legality of Kornfeld carrying the drug, but the law protects any person who seeks medical assistance for someone who is overdosing on drugs by ensuring that they will not be prosecuted for the possession or sharing of controlled substances, at least in certain circumstances, AP reports.

    Investigators are reportedly looking into whether the cause of death was an overdose, and though an autopsy was conducted the day after his death, results may not be available for several weeks. Investigators are also looking into whether an overdose was the reason his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, less than a week before his death.

    On Wednesday evening, it was announced that the US Attorney's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration would join the Carver County Sheriff's investigation.


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