Dr. Howard Kornfeld was supposed to help Prince fight his addiction to painkillers, according to the Star Tribune. William Mauzy, a prominent Minneapolis attorney working with the Kornfeld family, explained that Kornfeld was called because the artist was “dealing with a grave medical emergency.”
Dr. Kornfeld is an authority on opioid addiction treatment, according to the report.
Prince was found dead in his home on April 21. That morning, a 911 call came from an unidentified male at Prince’s Minnesota residence, and said “the person is dead here” and “the people are just distraught.”
Kornfeld couldn’t meet with Prince on April 21, so he sent his son to Paisley Park with plans to follow later. “The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,” Mauzy explained.
According to Mauzy, Kornfeld’s son, Andrew, arrived at Prince’s home on April 21, and he was one of the people at the residence when Prince’s body was found. Mauzy also claims that it was Andrew Kornfeld who called 911 that day.
In the weeks since his death, reports have surfaced that Prince had painkillers in his possession, but no toxicology results have determined if there were any in his system or if they played a role in his death.