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Prince's Family Sues Illinois Hospital and Walgreens Over His Death

Prince's Family Sues Illinois Hospital and Walgreens Over His Death

It was at this hospital in Moline that Prince's private plane made an emergency landing on April 15, 2016, following an opioid overdose.

In response, Prince's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday against the IL hospital that treated the singer a week before his death and as well as the pharmacy company Walgreens.

Prince's estate also makes claim that the doctor treating Prince, Nicole Mancha, and an un-named employee, both failed to identify what pills the singer actually took.

Heirs of Prince have sued an IL hospital and pharmacy chain Walgreens, saying they could have prevented the singer's 2016 death if they had properly diagnosed and treated his overdose days earlier, a court document showed on Monday. The musician had to be revived with two doses of a drug that reverses effects of an opioid overdose.

Authorities said it was likely Prince didn't know he was taking the unsafe drug, which was laced with counterfeit pills made to look like a generic version of the painkiller Vicodin.

Carver County prosecutors in Minnesota said they could not determine where exactly he had obtained the tainted drugs and declined to charge anyone in the death.




Court documents also accuse one Walgreens in IL and another in Minnesota of dispensing narcotic prescriptions to Prince - both in April 2016 - under a different name.

A hospital representative told the New York Times it does not comment on pending legal matters. Documents showed a pill he had with him, which was marked as Vicodin, was sent to the pharmacy for testing. Hospital pharmacists thought that they were prescription Vicodin, and returned them to Prince.

Prince's family's lawyers said in a statement Monday, "What happened to Prince is happening to families across America".

Officials determined that Prince ingested counterfeit Vicodin that was laced with fentanyl. "We have client interests to protect at the moment, including our theory of the case. Prince's family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince".

He also explained that Dr. Michael Schulenberg examined Prince and prescribed Percocet for the "Purple Rain" singer using another man's name, which he will be "held accountable for". "At the same time further light on the opiate epidemic will hopefully help the fight to save lives", the attorneys said. As a result, his family made a decision to sue the hospital where Prince received treatment a week before his death, as well as pharmacy giant Walgreens.


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