Prince’s family suing hospital that treated singer for initial opioid overdose

Prince’s next of kin are suing the hospital that treated the musician for an opioid overdose a week prior to his deaththe New York Times reports.

Last week, Minnesota authorities ruled there would be no criminal charges related to Prince’s fatal overdose in 2016. Prosecutors believe that on 15 April 2016 Prince likely overdosed on counterfeit Vicodin that also contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. This was the same drug that caused his deathat his Paisley Park estate five days later.

In the lawsuit, his family claim the singer received improper medical care at Trinity Medical Center after his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, on 15 April 2016. 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. It was initially reported that the emergency landing was due to Prince suffering from flu.

A hospital representative told the New York Times it does not comment on pending legal matters.

Lawyers for Prince’s family said in a statement: “What happened to Prince is happening to families across America. The family wishes, through its investigation, to shed light on this epidemic and how to better the fight to save lives. If Prince’s death helps save lives, then all was not lost.”

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