Prince's representatives sought addiction help for the troubled singer on the eve of his death. On the afternoon of April 20, Prince's concerned advisors contacted Dr. Howard Kornfield in hopes the doctor could help Prince with his reportedly growing opioid dependence. Although Dr. Kornfield couldn't meet with Prince that night, he sent his son Andrew, a practice consultant, to the singer's compound with the purpose of putting together a treatment plan.
Unfortunately, Prince Rogers Nelson died before this potentially life-saving treatment could begin.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kornfield family spokesman William Mauzy stated, "The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan. The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission."
When authorities arrived, Prince, 57, was unable to be resuscitated. Although the cause of Prince's death is still under investigation, some believe his demise to be attributed to an overdose of painkillers. Reports have surfaced that the "Purple Rain" singer harbored a secret addiction to Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl pain patches.
A doctor who purportedly sold Prince high-powered opiates had these candid remarks for The Guardian concerning the now-deceased star's long battle with addiction.
"The problem with Percocet is that it is an opiate mixed with Tylenol - but he would have been taking much more than the recommended dose because he had developed a tolerance to opiates over the years. As far as I knew he never took heroin. That would leave you out of it for days whereas Dilaudid gives you an energy buzz as well as making you feel relaxed - so he preferred it."
This long-held Percocet addiction is theorized to have ultimately resulted in Prince's death. Percocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. When taken for sustained amounts of time, the side effects of Percocet include harsh liver and kidney damage.
Prince's representatives said, per TMZ, "After the show, he got on a plane and felt considerably worse, so his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, where he was taken to the hospital and treated. He was released 3 hours later, got back on the plane and is now back home."
While the ultimate cause of Prince's death has yet to be determined, many feel painkillers played an integral role in the Purple One's tragic final days. Autopsy reports should be available in the coming weeks.
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