Prince's Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Hospital, Pharmacy Chain

Minnesota prosecutors have announced that no criminal charges will be filed in Prince’s accidental fentanyl overdose death

His private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, where rescuers on the tarmac revived him with double the usual dose of the opioid antidote naloxone.

Prince's heirs have filed a wrongful death suit against the drug-store chain Walgreens and an IL hospital where the singer was treated, then released, the week before his fatal overdose in 2016.

Dr. Mancha, in an interview with those investigating the musician's death, said Prince told her he had taken two Percocet, though she believed he was lying, she added, because the amount of that prescription drug would not have required two shots of Narcan.

They argue that his death was a "direct and proximate cause" of the hospital failing to recognise and treat the overdose, in addition to failing to investigate the cause and provide appropriate counselling. Prosecutors believe that Prince likely overdosed the first time he was admitted to hospital in April 2016 on what he believed to be prescription opioids like Vicodin, but were actually black market versions containing the more harmful fentanyl.

Prosecutors said they found counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in his home, but were unable to determine the source.

Prince left the hospital after refusing to undergo further testing, even though the Trinity Medical Center medical staff told the singer that they could not let him leave unless they knew what he had taken, "because you could die depending on what it is". A hospital pharmacist said it appeared to be Vicodin and returned it to Prince.

"We will have much to say when the time is right", attorney John Goetz said, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. We have client interests to protect at the moment, including theory of the case. Prince died one week later of a fentanyl overdose.

In a statement the family's legal team tie the death of the iconic performer to America's ongoing struggle with opioids.

According to TMZ, "Prince's family claims the drug store chain was dispensing narcotic prescription medications to Prince for an invalid medical objective and failed to make sure he was using the drug properly". The family wishes through its investigation to shed light on this epidemic and how to better the fight to save lives.

A spokesman for Walgreens, whose parent company is Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, declined to comment to Reuters.

The announcement that no one will be criminally charged in the case of Prince's death reportedly isn't sitting well with the music star's family.



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