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BBC News article: Prince death: Singer's family sues doctor over opioid addiction

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45307000

The family of the late US musician Prince is suing his doctor, alleging he failed to properly treat the singer for an opioid addiction.

A lawsuit filed in Minnesota, reported by ABC news, alleges that failures by Dr Michael Schulenberg played a "substantial part" in the star's death.

Prince died in 2016, aged 57, from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, a powerful opioid.

Dr Schulenberg has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, prosecutors said no crimi...ce's death.

But the family's lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, alleges that Dr Schulenberg's actions had played a part.

"He failed to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognisable opioid addiction, and further failed to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeably fatal result of that addiction," the lawsuit read, according to ABC.

"These departures from the standard of acceptable medical practice had a substantial part in bringing about Prince's death."

The family of the singer - whose real name was Prince Rogers Nelson - is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000 (£39,000).

Dr Schulenberg's lawyer s...d the case, the Associated Press reported.

Paul Peterson said in a statement: "We understand this situation has been difficult on everyone close to Mr Nelson and his fans across the globe. Be that as it may, Dr Schulenberg stands behind the care that Mr Nelson received. We intend to defend this case."

As well as Dr Schulenberg, the lawsuit also names North Memorial Health Care, where Dr Schulenberg worked, Walgreens stores, which dispenses medication, and UnityPoint Health.

_103169001_9a6beca6-3ab8-4d8f-a5aa-1febdcf2d5c7.jpgImage copyrightAFPImage captionPrince's sudden death shocked people around the world

Prince was found unresponsive in a lift at his Paisley Park Studios, Minnesota, on 21 April 2016.

An investigation revealed he had experienced significant pain for a number of years, and hundreds of painkillers of various types were found at his house.

Evidence showed Prince had thought he was taking the prescription drug, Vicodin, when in fact he was taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill laced with potentially deadly fentanyl.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence that the pills that killed Prince had been prescribed by a doctor.

In April, following a two-year investigation, they said they had found no evidence of intentional wrongdoing.

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Reply #1 posted 08/25/18 8:42am

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The thing is, if these drugs were acquired secretly without prescription by one of his staff on the black market then what realistically could the doctor do?

I would have thought that they should also be pushing for a thorough re-investigation of the whole case due to the many procedural errors, the circumstances and the silence of his inner circle (towards investigators) which is highly suspicious IMO.

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Reply #2 posted 08/25/18 8:57am

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This lawsuit is like not wanting to clean your own house, being unhappy about your kids getting sick because of the filth in it and then blaming their physican who sees them once a year. I say first clean your own damn house, first.

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Reply #3 posted 08/25/18 10:02am

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TheFreakerFantastic said:

The thing is, if these drugs were acquired secretly without prescription by one of his staff on the black market then what realistically could the doctor do?


I would have thought that they should also be pushing for a thorough re-investigation of the whole case due to the many procedural errors, the circumstances and the silence of his inner circle (towards investigators) which is highly suspicious IMO.




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Why? So Kirk Johnson can go to jail? Sorry I don’t think he’s the reason Prince is no longer here. I don’t think the doctor is either.
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I'm concerned this may be just lawyers wanting more cash and draining as much as they can while they can.

I also hope it doesn't lead to the release of any further personal details. Prince's privacy has been violated enough.
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Reply #5 posted 08/25/18 11:21am

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Reply #6 posted 08/25/18 11:38am

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And.


http://prince.org/msg/7/456093



http://prince.org/msg/7/455747

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Reply #7 posted 08/25/18 2:22pm

rogifan

OperatingThetan said:

I'm concerned this may be just lawyers wanting more cash and draining as much as they can while they can.

I also hope it doesn't lead to the release of any further personal details. Prince's privacy has been violated enough.

Yes let him Rest In Peace already. mad
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