Prince Was Possibly Treated For a Drug Overdose Six Days Before His Death

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Recent reports that Prince was treated for a drug overdose six days before his passing on the morning of April 21 have possibly shed light on the singer’s cause of death.


According to a post TMZ published on Thursday evening, the musician purportedly received medical treatment for a drug overdose, described as a “save shot,” during an emergency plane landing in Moline, Illinois. Members of Prince’s publicity team previously stated the landing and subsequent hospital visit were due to severe symptoms of the flu.

As per the New York Daily News, save shots “usually help combat opiates, such as heroin and narcotic painkillers, in the bloodstream.”


After a mere hours-long visit to the hospital, Prince supposedly left the premises against medical advice. Unnamed sources also reportedly told TMZ that the singer was “not doing well” prior to his passing.

As of now, medical examiners have not ruled an official cause of death.

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this just doesn’t line up with prince as we saw him publicly. he never seemed out of control - always strong, confident, collected, witty, sharp. you never heard anything about him stumbling out of a club or anywhere else for that matter. i just can’t believe he was using drugs. it had to have been an accidental overdose for something prescribed for another condition (like maybe severe flu, i dunno). i very, very much hope he wasn’t dying of AIDS as others have suggested. i want to wait on the autopsy, i guess.

but honestly, i almost don’t want to know how he died. i just want to remember the music and art he gave the world. i want to remember how he represented infinite possibility and pure love and how infectious his smile was. how can you not feel happy, so alive, heartbroken, and turned on all at once listening to his music? one of the best. there will never be another. i don’t want to think about anything but that right now.