Pop Icon Prince, 57, Dies; Reports of Previous Opiate Overdose Surface

Yesterday, fans worldwide were shocked to hear of the death of Prince, pop star known for hits like “1999” and “Purple Rain.”

The icon was found dead at his home in Minneapolis, just days after he fell ill when on tour and was admitted to the hospital.

Now, reports are surfacing that his death was not just related to the flu-like symptoms he was experiencing. TMZ reports that Prince was treated for an opiate overdose just prior to his death.

Details Surrounding Prince’s Tragic Death

When news of Prince’s death broke on Thursday, April 21, many news outlets suggested that his recent bout of the flu could have been connected to his death. Prince had been sick with the flu since April 7, when he canceled two Atlanta shows.

He eventually rescheduled and performed the concerts on Thursday, April 14. After the shows, his plane had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois.

Many speculated that he was treated for complications due to influenza, including dehydration.

Prince Treated for Opiate Overdose?

According to TMZ, Prince’s trip to an Illinois hospital was not due to the flu. Instead, he was treated for overdosing on an opiate painkiller, Percocet, which he had been prescribed for hip pain.

Sources say he was given Naloxone, sold as Narcan, which is a “save shot” administered to reverse the effects of opiate overdose. Naloxone is used by law enforcement and medical professionals to reverse the extreme drowsiness, inhibitions to breathing, and loss of consciousness that result from overdose.

Prince’s representatives have yet to comment on the allegations. Opiate abuse — including prescription drug and heroin abuse — is a problem nationwide.

Whatever the cause of his death, one thing is certain: an artist was taken far too soon. Rest in peace, Prince.

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