Prince's Paisley Park Museum Debut This Week May Be Delayed

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Music fans visit a memorial outside Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince, on April 22, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minn.

The public opening of Prince's suburban Minneapolis estate and studio complex scheduled for this week could be delayed because the city council hasn't approved a rezoning request. That zoning change was set aside by the Chanhassen City Council Monday night following more than three hours of discussion and public comment. 

Several council members said they needed more time to study the impact of opening Paisley Park as a museum.

Paisley Park tours are scheduled to begin Thursday, Oct. 6. It's not clear when the council will decide on the rezoning request.

The Star Tribune reports that council member Bethany Tjornhom said the community needs time to talk about whether it wants to be a "tourist town" and host an anticipated 600,000 visitors a year. “I think we have one chance to get this right,” Tjornhom said.

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According to The Current, ticket buyers began receiving notices about the delay on Tuesday morning. “We will email you with updates very soon,” it reads. The Chanhassen Villager reports that the city now has until Dec. 23 to act on the rezoning request. If no action is taken, then the request will be approved.


Prince collapsed died of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl at Paisley Park in April. Investigators have narrowed their focus to two main questions surrounding his death: whether doctors illegally prescribed opioids meant for the pop star and whether the fentanyl that killed him came from a black-market source, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

Prince was 57 when he was found April 21 in an elevator at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate. Authorities have revealed little publicly about their investigation, saying only that the probe is ongoing.

Investigations of fatal overdoses can be lengthy and complex, especially when drug traffickers or other underworld figures are involved.

As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal and those who make it illicitly are not meticulous about how much fentanyl goes in each pill. Traffickers often pass the pills off as Oxycontin or some other name-brand opioid, so, if Prince took a counterfeit pill, he may not have known it contained fentanyl.

Determining whether the last person to hand or send the fentanyl to Prince knew it was fentanyl is probably one of the most difficult questions for investigators. Another possibility is that Prince ordered the drugs himself online. Some online distributors accept orders through dark-net sites, then deliver the drugs by unsuspecting mail-service companies. If traffickers bear responsibility for the fatal fentanyl, identifying them could be difficult, even impossible.

Shortly after Prince's death, authorities said they were looking at whether a doctor supplied him with drugs, similar to how Conrad Murray prescribed the anesthetic propofol to Michael Jackson, contributing to his 2009 death. Charges against a doctor for writing unnecessary prescriptions to feed someone's drug habit can quickly stack up. They can include tax evasion if ill-gotten profits are not included on tax returns, as well as wire fraud if any aspect of the crime was conducted over the telephone.


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