• The building housing the office of Dr. Howard Kornfeld appears, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Mill Valley, Calif. Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy, who represents Kornfeld, said Wednesday that singer Prince had arranged an initial meeting with him the day before he died. Mauzy said Kornfeld had never met or spoken to Prince before the singer's representatives reached out to him on April 20. Mauzy said Kornfeld wasn't able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so arranged for his son Andrew to go instead. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.

  • Attorney William Mauzy answers questions from the media as he arrives at his Minneapolis office Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A published report says Prince's representatives arranged for the musician to meet a California doctor to help him kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death. Mauzy represents California Dr. Howard Kornfeld who couldn't immediately meet Prince so he sent his son Andrew to discuss treatment. The pop rock singer died on April 21 at the age of 57.  (AP Photo/ Jeff Baenen)

    Report: Prince was set to meet addiction doctor before death

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In his final weeks, Prince hid signs of trouble from his fans, stonewalling reports of an overdose that required an emergency plane landing and making a brief public appearance to reassure them. But privately, the superstar was in crisis, seeking help from a prominent addiction expert that ultimately came too late.

  • In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents an award at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. On the front lines of America's fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    Prince’s death: The view from front lines of drug epidemic

    NEW YORK (AP) — On the front lines of America’s fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose.