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In the weeks since the untimely death of music icon Prince, we've discussed reports that the multi-millionaire died without a will and the ensuing complications for his family and others as the courts sort through his assets and the music catalog he left behind.

As more information emerges suggesting that Prince died as the result of opioid addiction, law enforcement officials, including agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are looking at the doctor he had been seeing in the weeks prior to his death.

Prince Visited the Doctor Twice the Month of His Death

That doctor reportedly prescribed medication to the singer/songwriter during two visits in April. The first visit, on April 7, was the day he cancelled a performance in Atlanta. The second visit was just a day before he died. The doctor also reportedly came to Prince's estate to deliver test results on the day he was found dead.

It was not reported what kind of tests the doctor was doing. However, people close to Prince have said that performing had begun to cause him pain in recent years. It's not yet conclusively known how much the star relied on painkillers for relief. The doctor who treated Prince was employed by North Memorial Health Care, but apparently is no longer there. The facility is not releasing any information on the doctor or on the treatment that Prince underwent there. The doctor, however, has not been found to have any malpractice suits or other disciplinary actions on his record.

Singer Also Consulted an Opioid Addiction Specialist

Another doctor consulted by Prince shortly before his death was a California physician who specializes in opioid addiction. There's further evidence that he was suffering from opioid dependency. Earlier in April, his private plane made an emergency landing, and he was administered a drug by medical personnel called Narcan. That drug is used to treat opioid overdoses.

Opioid abuse is becoming an increasingly serious problem throughout the country as people come to rely on these drugs to treat pain. Most doctors are responsible about how much of these painkillers they prescribe and for how long because they can be highly addictive. Some, sadly, are not. They may be driven by profit or simply manipulated by patients. Regardless, they may be held both criminally and civilly liable if their reckless dispensing of these drugs leads to harm or death.