This is kind of a strange little detail…The “Prince Team,” the day before he was found dead, called a California doctor, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who specialized in using buprenorphine (a methodone-like opioid addiction treatment) and asked him to come treat Prince. Dr. Kornfeld did not go himself but sent his son, “described as a pre-med student” (that would mean that he’s in college working on his undergrad degree) with some buprenorphine, supposedly with the intention of giving it to a licensed physician in Minnesota to administer…It was Dr. Kornfeld’s son who called 911 upon “finding Prince unresponsive.” From the article Prince, buprenorphine and addiction:
Andrew Kornfeld was carrying a small amount of the prescription drug buprenorphine. [Kornfeld’s lawyer, William] Mauzy said Andrew Kornfeld planned to give that drug to a Minnesota doctor who was scheduled to see Prince.
Andrew Kornfeld – described as a pre-med student – was among the first to discover Prince unresponsive on April 22.
Kornfeld needs a lawyer? Apparently, Andrew was taken into custody and told there was a criminal investigation underway. So what’s the real story? I wonder if Andrew gave Prince the medicine after all. If he wasn’t planning to do that, why did he bring it with him? It’s widely available in Minnesota, it simply must be administered by a physician licensed in Minnesota.
Dr. Kornfeld is described as a California addiction specialist, but given that his specialty is giving pain-med addicts a methadone-like drug in the privacy (and legal sanctuary) of his office, I wonder if he’s simply a Dr. Feelgood, making his money legitimizing pain-med addiction, perhaps in his discretion and responsiveness catering to the rich and famous.
In any case, there may be more to the story of Andrew Kornfeld showing up with dangerous drugs just in time to make the 911 call reporting Prince’s death. Could be just the way things unfolded, could be more, but to me, the story doesn’t sound right.
Kornfeld claims to have arrived at 9:30am at Prince’s home in the suburbs of Minneapolis 20 minutes from the airport after taking a red-eye from San Francisco. That timing could work with Prince’s death and the 911 call close to 10am, but it doesn’t work with the flight schedules as far as I could tell. No red-eye I could find from San Francisco lands anywhere near that late in Minneapolis, nor would one expect it to given that it’s a less than 4 hour flight with a 2 hour time change–arriving even as late as 8am would mean a 2am departure, which doesn’t happen. The only red-eye I could find from SF to Minneapolis was Delta’s landing at 6:04am, which means Kornfeld would have arrived at Prince’s house closer to 7am than 10am. Enough time to give him his fix? If not, where did the missing hours go? Surely Kornfeld wasn’t dawdling after hopping on a redeye on a moments’ notice to tend to a desperate celebrity drug addict?
I have no interest in maligning Andrew Kornfeld, and I hope his story is true and there’s nothing seedier to it than already meets the eye, but I am sick and tired of the press getting away with reporting whatever they are told is the official narrative even when the stories themselves don’t hold together from the beginning of the articles to the end. Read the reports – no one points out that the story doesn’t make sense. WHY???
UPDATE (6/3/16): This guy gets a full page free ad on cnn.com? I wish he had addressed the missing hours…