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Medical Examiner Says Prince Died of an Accidental Opioid Overdose

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An anonymous law enforcement official close to the investigation surrounding Prince’s death has informed the Associated Press that musician—who was found dead on April 21 at Paisley Park in Minneapolis—passed away because of an overdose of fentanyl.


The AP reported originally:

The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Investigators have been reviewing whether Prince died of an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.


Prince was rumored to have a Percocet addiction, stemming from a 2010 hip surgery, and was seen purportedly picking up Percocet from a pharmacy in the days before his death. According to TMZ, he had also overdosed on Percocet on April 15 when “EMTs had to administer a ‘save shot’ at the airport where his plane made an emergency landing to save his life.”

The final report from the Medical Examiner’s office puts as the cause of death “self-administered fentanyl,” and notes that it was an “accident.”

This post has been updated.

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In all seriousness, the over-prescribing of opioids is a serious problem, and I will eat my hat if this doesn’t unleash the litigation wave a la tobacco.

If you have an injury or surgery, DO NOT take narcotic pain meds longer than a week. If your pain is still intense after that, go see your doc. There are other options. Life was not a hellscape of unmitigated pain before the mid-1990s.