Death of Prince linked to drug overdose?

Death of Prince linked to drug overdose?

The death of rock legend Prince has send shockwaves across the world as many mourned the death of a talented singer-songwriter at the age 57, but rumors are circulating that an overdose from a prescribed drug could have caused his death.

Prince Rogers Nelson commonly known as Prince was found unconscious, Thursday morning inside an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota. Medical personnel were immediately called in and tried to administer CPR on him but did not get any response, it was decided to rush him to a nearby hospital however he then pronounced dead around 10:07 a.m.

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Carver County Sheriff’s Office stated that they will conduct a thorough autopsy on the body of Prince which is part of the investigation to rule out any possible suicide or foul play angles. Prior to his death, TMZ reported that Prince was spotted leaving a Walgreens Pharmacy near his home hours before he died. It was noted that the visit to the said pharmacy was his fourth and investigators are also looking into that angle though they would not confirm any knowledge of the Walgreen’s visit by the rock icon.

Caver County Sheriff Jim Olson made a statement with the press and said that they have not found any obvious signs of trauma from Prince’s body that would indicate that it was a suicide and they are still waiting for the results of the toxicology test done, which could take at least several weeks.

It was reported that Prince has been taking a painkiller called Percocet, which is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe acute or short term pain. Insiders noted that Prince took the medicine after his Atlanta concert and may have triggered the emergency landing at Moline, Illinois wherein he was rushed to a hospital but was then later discharged.

Prince was reported to be suffering from a hip problem and the pain killer was his way of subduing it from distracting him on stage. The hip problem comes from a surgery he underwent back in 2010. Percocet is sad to contain a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, an opioid. It is highly addictive.

As the Prince’s cause of death is still highly speculative, family, close friends and loved ones gather in a private memorial service, Saturday morning at Prince’s home in Paisley Park. It was noted that the remains of the rock singer who made famous some of his hit songs such as “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” and his rendition of the Stylistics hit “Betcha by Golly Wow.”

Once the autopsy is done, authorities will be releasing the remains of Prince to his family, who noted that they will cremate his remains after the intimate memorial service.

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