Andrew Kornfeld, the man who made the 911 call to emergency services after finding Prince ‘s unresponsive body has spoken out about the shocking events that unfolded at Paisley Park on the morning of the superstar’s death.
According to Mirror Online, Kornfeld, who works as a practice consultant at the rehab centre Recovery Without Walls, had been due to meet the Purple Rain star at his home on the morning of April 21 to discuss treatment for his addiction to painkillers , but instead was caught up in his shock death.
Speaking through his lawyer William Mauzy, a prominent Minneapolis attorney working with the Kornfeld family, to the Star Tribune Andrew claimed he arrived at Prince’s $10million mansion at around 9:30am to find the singer’s staff unable to locate him.
He was then one of three people at the sprawling home when the musician’s body was discovered in an elevator a few minutes later.
According to Mauzy Andrew told him the two staffers “screamed” when they found Prince’s body and “were in too much shock” to make the 911 call.
Paisley Park where Prince was found dead
In the transcript from the emergency call , an unidentified male – who is believed to be Andrew – told the dispatcher “we’re at Prince’s house,” when asked the address.
Clearly unfamiliar with the area and still trying to get the actual address confirmed, he then became emotional as he described the scene, dramatically stating: “the person is dead here” before adding “and the people are just distraught.”
Kornfeld had taken an over-night flight to Minnesota from San Francisco after Prince’s representative made a desperate call to his father, Dr. Howard Kornfeld – a national authority on opioid addiction expert – on April 20, claiming they were dealing with a “grave medical emergency”.
He was asked to clear his schedule and immediately fly on a “lifesaving mission” to meet the singer and as he was unable to, sent son Andrew instead with plans to arrive in Minneapolis the following day.
Speaking on behalf of the Kornfelds, he said: “The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan. The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.”
Prince on stage
It was confirmed by Mr Mauzy that Andrew was carrying a small amount of buprenorphine with him – a drug used to fight opioid addiction – to give to Prince, however this was never administered.
He reportedly gave the medication to Carver County investigators, who later interviewed him and the other two who were at Paisely Park when Prince was found.
The cause of the singer’s shock death at just 57 has yet to be confirmed, but according to Mauzy’s statement on behalf of the Kornfelds, they had been planning to speak to the singer about long-term care under the doctor’s supervision to deal with his rumoured addiction to painkillers.
According to previous reports Prince’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing on its way to Minneapolis after two concerts in Atlanta because the singer was overdosing on opioids.