A state prosecutor on Thursday closed the case without criminal charges, saying evidence showed Prince unwittingly took a counterfeit painkiller that contained deadly fentanyl.
Stevie added: "When you get to be our age - and he was younger than me - and you're like 'I'm not making hit records any more".
Prince's body was discovered in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound, the Carver County Sheriff's Office told ABC News in a statement.
Legal documents unsealed past year revealed that the musician had medication prescribed to him under the name of his bodyguard, Kirk Johnson.
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Police said they found pills scattered all over his home, some in blankets and others mixed together in the same bottle. Carver County Attorney Mike Metz says evidence suggests no one around Prince knew he was taking a fentanyl-laced substance.
The morning of Prince's death, deputies rushed to Prince's Paisley Park estate.
Metz says there may be speculation on how Prince got the pills, but he can not say conclusively that any individual enabled that.
Prince had become addicted to opioids after dealing with chronic pain, but, notoriously private, he never got a prescription in his own name and instead obtained pain pills through associates, officials said.
Although Prince's doctor, Michael Schulenberg, paid a settlement for prescribing opiates for Prince in someone else's name, the drugs he administered did not lead to the singer's death.