The world was shocked when Prince died at age 57 on April 21, 2016. Most fans chose to remember the artist for his achievements, as a Grammy winning singer – songwriter and Oscar winning actor. Some news outlets, such as TMZ, speculated that Prince’s death was drug related, stating that the singer had overdosed on Percocet just a week before he died, and that he had been addicted to the prescription painkiller for years. Prince’s friends acknowledged that he took Percocet, but said it was because of hip pain induced by years of dancing on stage.
According to a report in Vanity Fair Prince’s lawyer and longtime friend L. Londell McMillan jumped to the musician’s defence at that time of these allegations. Stating that the rumours were ‘foolish’.
Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn’t walking around drugged up. That’s foolish. No one ever saw Prince and said, ‘He looks high.’ It wasn’t what he was about. (He was) not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern. People use medication. The question is, are you on meds in a dangerous way?
Currently, multiple news outlets are reporting that Prince was indeed in possession of pain killers at the time of his death. The painkillers were found at his home in Paisley Park. This new development has caused the local law enforcement unit to enlist the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to investigate. NBC News who spoke with officials, reported that the DEA will help figure out exactly what meds Prince was prescribed and how he came to be in possession of the painkillers.
A four-hour autopsy was performed to determine the exact cause of the musician’s death, though results are yet to be released. It will reportedly take several weeks for the autopsy results to come in. Sheriff Jim Olson meanwhile has requested that the public respect Prince and ‘his dignity’ while investigations are underway.
Prince was a very private person. We are going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity, and we hope the public will as well.