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Percocet reportedly discovered in Prince's system at the time he died

Federal authorities have joined the investigation into Prince's death. 

The move by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the DEA will allow investigators to probe Prince's final days spent outside of Minnesota, when the singer's private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. 

With their vast resources, officials hope to work out whether Prince overdosed on prescription drugs before his death and, if so, who gave them to him. 

The painkiller Percocet was reportedly in his system when his body was found, a source told the .

The revelation came just hours after it was revealed that the son of a leading addiction specialist who had flown in to treat Prince discovered his lifeless body in an elevator, just hours before a doctor was due to arrive. 

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Development: The DEA and U.S. Attorney's Office are now investigating Prince's death amidst claims that Percocet was found in his body 

Development: The DEA and U.S. Attorney's Office are now investigating Prince's death amidst claims that Percocet was found in his body 

'The U.S. Attorney's Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff's investigation,' a statement said.

'The DEA and U.S. Attorney's Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion.'

Local officials told that the main reason the federal authorities had been brought in was so the investigation could cover multiple states Prince had visited in the weeks before his death.

Prince's private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, six days before he died so he could be rushed to hospital.

The singer, who was flying from a show in Atlanta, was treated for flu and did not stay the night at the hospital.

He appeared at a dance party in Minnesota just days before his death to let his fans know he was recovering, telling them: 'Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.'

Andrew Kornfeld (above) has been identified as the individual who called 911 after discovering Prince unresponsive at his Minnesota home

Andrew Kornfeld (above) has been identified as the individual who called 911 after discovering Prince unresponsive at his Minnesota home

He was last pictured the night before his death leaving a Walgreen's near his home around 7pm, marking the fourth time the singer had been to the pharmacy that week.

An hour later, he headed back inside his vast estate and was found 13 hours later lying unresponsive in an elevator.

The man who found him was the son of a leading addiction specialist who had flown out to treat Prince, it was revealed on Wednesday. 

The day before Prince died, his representatives reached out to California doctor Dr Howard Kornfeld to arrange a meeting, a lawyer for the doctor said.

Attorney William Mauzy said Dr Kornfeld had never met or spoken to Prince before Prince's representatives contacted him on April 20.

Mauzy said Dr Kornfeld was not able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so he arranged for his son Andrew to go instead.

Andrew Kornfeld took a late flight on April 20 so he could be at Prince's Paisley Park studio complex the next morning. When he got there, he was one of three people to find Prince in an elevator, unresponsive, and it was he who called 911.

Mauzy said Andrew was carrying a small amount of buprenorphine, which is used to treat addiction and offers pain relief with less possibility of overdose and addiction.

He added that Andrew never intended to give the medication online to Prince, and instead planned to give it to the Minnesota doctor who was scheduled to see Prince.

He also said the elder Kornfeld arranged for a Minnesota doctor to evaluate Prince, and that the doctor had cleared his schedule for the following morning but Prince was found unresponsive before that could happen.

'Dr. Kornfeld was never able to meet Prince, never talked to Prince, and sadly, unable to arrive in time to help Prince,' Mauzy told reporters.

Mauzy said Andrew has been questioned by investigators. 

Tragic: Prince was found dead late last month at his Paisley Park estate just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota (above)

When asked about the legality of his carrying buprenorphine, Mauzy declined to answer. But he said he believes Minnesota law would protect Andrew from any potential charges related to Prince's death.

Under the law, a person who seeks medical assistance for someone who is overdosing on drugs may not be prosecuted for possessing or sharing controlled substances, under certain circumstances.

Mauzy said it was not uncommon for Dr Kornfeld to send his son on his behalf.

He said Andrew is a pre-med student and that convincing people to seek treatment is something 'he has done for years'.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation has said that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk about the investigation. 

The same official also said investigators are looking at whether Prince had suffered an overdose when his plane made the emergency landing in Illinois.

Dr Kornfeld runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California. His website describes the practice as 'specializing in innovative, evidence-based medical treatment for chronic pain and drug and alcohol addiction'.

Andrew is listed on the website as a practice consultant.

Andrew's father, addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld (above), was unable to meet the singer so sent his son in his place

Andrew's father, addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld (above), was unable to meet the singer so sent his son in his place

Mauzy said Prince's representatives told Dr Kornfeld that the singer was 'dealing with a grave medical emergency', however the doctor did not explain what the issue was.

Mauzy said Dr Kornfeld hoped to get Prince 'stabilized in Minnesota and convince him to come to Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley. That was the plan'.

Stuart Gitlow, an addiction medicine expert speaking without direct knowledge of Prince's case, questioned whether Dr Kornfeld and his son acted appropriately.

'If a physician feels that a patient is having an emergency, his obligation is to call an ambulance and get the patient to emergency personnel who can assess the situation — not to fly to the patient,' Gitlow said.

'It's not routine for doctors to fly across the country to start people on buprenorphine,' said Gitlow, a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a faculty member of the University of Florida. 

'That's something that can be handled locally.'

Prince was found dead late last month at his Paisley Park estate just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Prince, who over the course of his career won seven Grammy Awards, seemed to live a remarkably healthy life, having been a strict vegan for over a decade and becoming a Jehovah's Witness in 2001, a faith that largely prohibits the consumption of alcohol.

Authorities haven't released a cause of death. An autopsy was done the day after Prince's death, but its findings, including the t

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