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Prince 'lifesaving mission' turned tragic

Associated Press Associated Press 8/05/2016

Andrew Kornfeld's red-eye flight to bring a prescription drug to Prince has been described by his lawyer as a "lifesaving mission" to persuade the superstar to start treatment for addiction.

Instead, the 26-year-old Californian found Prince collapsed in an elevator at his Paisley Park home in the Minneapolis area .

Neither Andrew Kornfeld nor his father Dr Howard Kornfeld, an addiction and pain doctor, has been accused of wrongdoing.

But a law enforcement official said on Friday investigators want to interview both of them about the drug that was never administered to Prince.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Andrew Kornfeld helped in his father's medical practice by teaching surfing to young drug users in recovery. In college, his studies in neuroscience sparked a fascination with consciousness and psychedelic drugs such as LSD.

Jim Fadiman, a psychologist who popularised the notion of using micro-doses of LSD to enhance workplace productivity, considers the younger Kornfeld "a brilliant man".

Since his connection with Prince became known, the younger Kornfeld has been stalked by celebrity photographers and has avoided talking publicly about the musician's death.

Reached by phone on Friday, he said simply, "Sorry. I'm not making a comment at this time."

Andrew Kornfeld's social media accounts list him as CEO of a Bay Area marketing company for health professionals.

A University of California Santa Cruz spokesman confirmed that he graduated in 2013 with bachelor's degrees in psychology and neuroscience.

But perhaps the most intriguing detail about Kornfeld is his connection with Fadiman, author of 'The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide', which collects stories of people experimenting with LSD, including professionals who took a fraction of a normal dose and reported boosts in their creativity at work.

Fadiman and Kornfeld co-authored a chapter titled "Psychedelic-Induced Experiences" for "The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology," a textbook dealing with spirituality and transcendent human experience.

Their chapter lauds LSD's potential for out-of-body experiences and "seemingly spontaneous healing" from allergies, cluster headaches and even alcoholism.

"Andrew and I are friends and colleagues," Fadiman said in an email to The Associated Press.

Kornfeld's father, Dr Howard Kornfeld, has published research that has been more mainstream than his son's work, although it too has pushed the envelope.

Last year, Howard Kornfeld published a paper on the use of buprenorphine, which can be used to treat opioid addiction by easing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Kornfeld's father was called by Prince's staff on April 20 as they sought help for the musician's addiction to painkillers, according to the Kornfelds' attorney, William Mauzy.

The doctor sent his son on an overnight flight with a small amount of buprenorphine for Prince. The musician never took the drug.

After finding Prince in the elevator, Andrew Kornfeld called 911 because two of his staffers were shocked and screaming, Mauzy said.

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