MINNEAPOLIS (CelebrityAccess) The family of Prince is suing a doctor who prescribed pain pills to the superstar, claiming the doctor failed to treat him for opiate addiction and is thereby a participant in Prince’s death.
Prince died of an accidental overdose of fetnanyl two years ago. Authorities say Dr. Michael Schulenberg admitted to prescribing a different opioid, Oxycodone, to Prince in the days before he died and prescribed it under his bodyguard’s name to protect the musician’s privacy. Schulenberg has disputed the claim but did pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation alleging the prescription was illegal.
The lawsuit alleges that Schulenberg and others had “an opportunity and duty during the weeks before Prince’s death to diagnose and treat Prince’s opioid addiction, and to prevent his death. They failed to do so,” according to the Associated Press.
Prince’s family reportedly seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.