Prince Reportedly Overdosed On Percocet Days Before His Death

Prince Reportedly Overdosed On Percocet Days Before His Death

TMZ was the first to report the sudden loss of Prince, and now they’re saying that just days before his death, the musical giant OD’d on Percocet, a popular prescription painkiller.

An unnamed source tells them the star took so much of the drug that EMTs had to give him a “save shot” of Naloxone as soon as his plane made its unscheduled emergency landing last Friday at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, at about 1 a.m.

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a life-saving drug that is used as an antidote for opiate overdoses.

It’s been previously reported that Prince was hospitalized after the landing with flu symptoms, then released three hours later. He appeared at a gig the next night and assured fans he was fine, though he canceled two shows earlier in the month in Atlanta, citing the flu.

The sudden loss caught the world off guard, with early reports being shared with comments like “this has to be a hoax.” Unfortunately, if not unsurprisingly, there appears to be more to the story.

Prince was brought to the hospital and seen by a doctor again on April 20th in the Twin Cities area. Witnesses say he was at a Walgreens picking up a prescription later that night. Reports say he was taking the opioid painkiller Percocet for a hip problem.

It’s reported that he initially refused a double hip replacement surgery he needed on religious grounds — Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in blood transfusions — though TMZ also reports that he underwent the surgery around 2010.

In 2009, The Guardian reported: “‘He’s in a lot of pain,’ a source told the Hollywood Report’s Showbiz 411 blog this week. ‘[Prince] is popping pain killers and hoping it will all go away.’”

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10 Comments

  1. simba
    April 23, 07:11 Reply

    I can’t seem to remember,any celebrity Tht died without some sort of drug related complications. Drugs and stardom… gay and HIV…politicians and thieves…. terrorists and murderers..

    • Mandy
      April 23, 07:16 Reply

      Lol. You just summarized what goes hand in hand with what.

  2. Mandy
    April 23, 07:15 Reply

    Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness? My. First celebrity I know identifying strongly with a religion

    • Pink Panther
      April 23, 07:24 Reply

      I usually don’t see Sundays as a day Hollywood spends in any worship place.

    • CriXXus
      April 23, 08:02 Reply

      Actually thought MJ was a Witness too, right?

      If true, those ama Jehova ppl need to come out and tell us the connection btw them and eccentric celebs.

      • Mr. Fingers
        April 23, 09:28 Reply

        The Williams sisters are members of the jehovah’s witness.

  3. Truth
    April 23, 10:40 Reply

    Jehovah’s witness with all that make up?

    Hmmm

  4. simba
    April 23, 11:58 Reply

    If I had their money I too would become a Jehovah witness lol… Where nobody threatenes u with a burning scary he’ll…

  5. Justme
    April 24, 19:36 Reply

    Let’s not trash the guy. He must have had his struggles like we all do but most importantly Prince showed us that you could “self fashion” – you could live a life not strictly determined by how others defined you, but more often by how you defined yourself. Surely we as gay people should thank him for that.

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