“Purple Rain” singer Prince was compared to Michael Jackson in a new report by TMZ Friday. Prince was reportedly overprescribed the painkiller Percocet, just like Conrad Murray prescribed the powerful anesthetic Propofol to Jackson when it wasn’t medically necessary.
Since Percocet is a controlled substance, a single doctor would be flagged if he or she were overprescribing the drug. So, like Jackson, Prince might have gone to multiple doctors — possibly under different aliases — so he could get what he wanted.
The week of his death, Prince went to a local Walgreens pharmacy four times to fill prescriptions, TMZ wrote. Now investigators are searching for the doctors who prescribed the medication and the pharmacies that filled it for him. Another comparison to the King of Pop: One of the doctors was supposedly friends with Prince, just like Murray was friends with Jackson.
The “Thriller” star died at 50 in his Los Angeles home. He suffered from cardiac arrest caused by Propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter and served two years in prison.
Prince became addicted to Percocet before his hip surgery in 2010, TMZ claims. He reportedly nearly died of an overdose six days before his tragic death — even though it was rumored he had the flu.
A cause of death has not been determined, buy it’s widely believed he died from an overdose. This notion will not be confirmed until the toxicology report comes back, and that could take several weeks.
Prince died at 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, April 21. A public memorial will be held for the star May 6, at Los Angeles City Hall.
As fans struggle to cope with the loss of the legendary artist, his longtime friend Sheila E. is fighting to make sure his death is not exploited. "[She] has promoted that the family or Paisley Park representatives have the final decision in regards to the usage of his name and likeness," a statement to Entertainment Tonight Online read. "She feels strongly that tributes, concerts or promotions should be authorized, and net revenues generated, be distributed in Prince's name to charities and causes which Prince has supported in the past."
The star left behind an estimated fortune of $300 million, dying without a will. His estate stands to be inherited by his six siblings.
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