Pre-Med Student Who Found Prince Dead Could Face Charges for Drug Possession
May 06, 2016 09:15 AM EDT
The pre-med student who called 911 following the discovery of Prince's lifeless body could face criminal charges. It was after he was found to have brought a prescription drug which is use to propel singer's painkiller addiction.
Andrew Kornfeld, the son of Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a prominent California doctor who specializes in treating addiction was sent by his father to discuss Prince's addiction to his prescribed painkillers, People reported. It was Andrew Kornfeld who called 911 after he found Prince unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio complex, family lawyer William Mauzy said.
Kornfeld was also there as a representing consultant on behalf of his father's Recovery Without Walls clinic. Dr. Howard's Kornfeld's out patient addiction clinic in California tries to reach Prince's local doctor for the singer's emergency treatment over his prescription drug addiction, the lawyer said on Wednesday's press conference.
The lawyer said, Andrew Kornfeld has brought with him a "small amount of buprenorphine," according to Los Angeles Times. On his father's online site, he explained that the medication was use a treatment option given to patients with addiction issues, and serves as "pain relief with less possibility of overdose and addiction." Mauzy cleared that Andrew intended to give the medication to Prince's local doctor in Minnesota, and not to the singer.
Andrew was in custody for criminal investigation and believes he would be protected under Minnesota law, the attorney said. He was then released same day and went to San Francisco. In Minnesota, the Good Samaritan law says that a person who gives aid at the scene of an emergency is not liable for civil damages in any resulting case. The drugs were taken into possession by the authorities and that they knew well the reason Kornfeld brought the said drugs, East Bay Times reported.
His father said, Andrew Kornfeld is a pre-med student and that convincing people to seek treatment at the center is something "he has done for years."