After a proper autopsy It has been confirmed in a press release that Prince died from a “accidental opiate overdose.” Fentanyl is a highly addictive opiate that is notably stronger than morphine and is used to treat those with chronic pain with a physical tolerance to opiates.
Below is a recap on the timeline leading to his tragic passing and my brief, personal input on the situation
April 15: Prince was hospitalized early Friday morning for Flu like symptoms, which to me personally could’ve been a hint of possibly withdrawal from his medication. He would be released from the hospital just hours later. That following Saturday, the day after he was released from the hospital, Prince took the stage at a dance party near his home and curiously said, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” According to the same TMZ report listed above.
Which is pretty odd, it’s as if he already knew he was going down a dark path. Prince was always known to be a peculiar figure that would say/do odd things, but this should have been a heads up to the public and the people in his camp.
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April 21: As reported by TMZ, Prince found unconscious inside an elevator at his residence in Paisley Park, Minnesota. Unable to revive, pronounced dead on the scene
April 21: Hours after his death had been announced. TMZ reports Prince leaving his local Walgreens for his prescription hours before his found in the elevator. This was his 4th visiting Walgreen’s within one week. The story then was Prince was still recovering from the flu/walking pneumonia.
I don’t mean to take anything away from Prince as an artist or a person but it seems like he became a victim of drug addiction which breaks my heart to conclude to. As some are aware, Prince had replacement hip surgery some years ago which lead to a Percocet prescription, a highly addictive painkiller. My theory is that there could of been complications with withdrawal, therefore causing his “flu-like symptoms.” Previosuly he was still touring despite his ongoing bodily pains but chose to cancel two shows the same week of his passing, more detail here. Prolonged usage typically calls for higher dosage for the user but that’s just my observation.
In the end it doesn’t matter what lead to this. All we can do now is praise the man for who we knew him for and the wonderful music he has left us with to enjoy. Prince Nelson you were one of a kind, a true rock star, and will forever be an inspiration.
If you want to read more about Prince and rise to stardom I highly recommend checking out this write-up by MTV! Great read.