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Prince's heirs have filed an unlawful death case against drugstore chain Walgreens and a hospital in Illinois, where the singer was treated and then released one week before his fatal overdose in 2016.
Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio reports that lawyers representing Prince's estate claim that the Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Illinois, where Prince's plane landed on April 15, 2016, overdosed his overdose not properly diagnosed and treated.
The singer received two doses of naloxone, a drug that was developed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. He was perceived as unresponsive at his home in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. The lawsuit claims his death was a direct result of the inadequate care he received last week in Illinois.
On Thursday, Carver County attorney Mark Metz said that the two-year investigation into Prince's death found that he died after he took a fake Vicodin pill laced with the powerful and dangerous opioid Fentanyl. However, Metz said, investigators were unable to find out how Prince received the pills, so there was no evidence to incriminate anyone.
The lawsuit filed in Chicago's Cook County, also named Walgreens Co., claims that pharmacists in two of its offices in Minnesota "prescription drugs are not valid for a legitimate medical purpose."
Both Walgreens and the parent company of the hospital declined to comment.
As the New York Times reports, "Based on documents relating to the criminal investigations released on Friday, prosecutors believe that Prince probably overdosed [on April 15]] which he viewed as prescription opioids like Vicodin, but were actually black market versions He noted that Prince had most likely taken a counterfeit drug with fentanyl, "which resulted in his fatal overdose six days later.
At the hospital, The Associated Press says, "Prince refused medical tests, but was asked what drugs he was taking and documents show a pill he carried with him, labeled as Vicodin, was sent to the pharmacy for examination A hospital pharmacist said it was Vicodin and returned it to Prince. "
" We'll have a lot to say when the time is right, "said attorney John Goetz, who had filed the lawsuit on behalf of Prince's family. Statement says Rolling Stone. "We have customer interests to protect right now, including our theory of the case. What happened to Prince happens to families across America." "Princes family wants to shed additional light on what happened to Prince, and at the same time the opiate epidemic becomes light hopefully save the fight for life If Princes death saves lives, then everything is not lost. "