By: Renee Grant
Over a year after his untimely death, new details may be emerging about the passing of music icon Prince. A top forensic pathologist believes Prince may have been going through symptoms of withdrawal in the week before his passing. Due to those symptoms, he may have been reaching for a Percocet prescription to help ease the symptoms, not realizing he was actually taking much stronger medicine.
Dr. Michael Hunter studied Prince’s health records for the TV documentary series Autopsy and says that the symptoms Prince’s personal chef observed in the star in the days before he died mean that he may have been experiencing drug withdrawal.
“The fever, nausea, and cramps that he was experiencing, according to the chef, may have caused him to relapse and reach for what he thought was a familiar painkiller,” Hunter says in the documentary. “I think that Prince probably didn’t know that the pills he took that night had Fentanyl in them. I believe Prince died from a tragic accident bordering on homicide.”
Dr. Hunter believes that Prince was addicted to cocaine, which is a rumor that has been around for a long time but never corroborated. Prince biographer Mick Wall and attorney Michael Padden who works for Prince’s step-sister, who both appear in the documentary, agree that there may have been a cocaine addiction. According to Padden, Prince’s step-sister, Lorna Nelson, believed his addiction was so strong that she feared he would suffer a heart attack.
“Cocaine gave him energy to the point that he would have trouble falling asleep for days, and the reason that he took the Percocet was to come down from the euphoric high of the cocaine,” the Padden says.