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Prosecutor rules out criminal charges over death of Prince

Prince was found dead in a lift (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Prince was found dead in a lift (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Prince performing in Miami in 2007. Photo: Reuters
Bouquets of flowers and other items are placed at a memorial for Prince created outside Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., Thursday, April 21, 2016 Newsdesk Newsdesk

A US prosecutor has said he is filing no criminal charges over the death of Prince.

Thursday's announcement in Minnesota from Carver County attorney Mark Metz means the US state's investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him is closed.

It came hours after documents revealed a doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince had agreed to pay 30,000 US dollars (€24,300) to settle a federal civil violation.

Mr Metz said the evidence shows Prince thought he was taking Vicodin, not fentanyl.

He said there was no evidence any person associated with Prince knew he possessed any counterfeit pill containing fentanyl.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21 2016.

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