Prince's Family Sues Illinois Hospital and Walgreens Over His Death

Liu Heung Shing  AP FILEPrince performs at the Forum in Inglewood Calif

The suit alleges that the Trinity Medical Center in IL was a "direct and proximate cause" for Prince's death since they allegedly didn't appropriately diagnose and treat his overdose.

Days after authorities in Minnesota announced that no one would be criminally charged in the 2016 overdose death of Prince, his next of kin are suing an IL hospital that treated the singer for an opioid overdose the week before his fatal incident, according to a suit filed Monday.

Prince's family are also suing the pharmacy chain Walgreens, for allegedly dispensing narcotics "for an invalid medical objective and failing to conduct the appropriate drug utilisation review".

Representatives for Walgreens and the hospital's parent company declined to comment on the suit.

Prince was 57 when he was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. The official cause of death was a self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.

The results of the investigation, released last week, confirmed that prosecutors would not press criminal charges in relation to the singer's death.

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Just days before his death Prince collapsed, and it's believed that incident was also caused by him taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill.

After his death, his longtime collaborator and protege Sheila E. told "Entertainment Tonight" that Prince had been suffering from hip and knee pain from decades of intense performing, much of it in his heels.

About a week earlier, his plane made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois, when he suffered from an opioid overdose and had to be revived by paramedics. Price was found dead in April, 2016, and his cause of death was believed to be due to counterfeit Vicodin pills containing lethal amounts of Fentanyl, an incredibly powerful opioid.

Prosecutors said they found counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in his home, but were unable to determine the source. Prince died one week later of a fentanyl overdose. Authorities said Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg admitted that he prescribed oxycodone to Prince under Johnson's name to protect Prince's privacy.

As the Times notes, one of the pills Prince told Mancha he took was inscribed with the imprint Watson 853. "Prince's family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince".

Lawyers George Loucas and John Goetz, representing Prince's family, said in a statement: "What happened to Prince is happening to families across America".

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