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Prince: Doctor Believes He Was ‘Addicted’ To Painkillers Before Death — Expert Says

Fri, April 22, 2016 11:56am EST by 2 Comments

Did Prince have a drug problem in the time leading up to his passing? We don’t know the cause of his death yet, but an addiction expert explains to HollywoodLife.com why she’s so concerned that the singer might’ve had a drug addiction. So scary!

Prince, 57, allegedly overdosed on Percocet just days before his April 21 death — he even had to be administered a ‘save shot’ to stop the overdose — but his problems with prescription drugs may have run much deeper than that. And if his cause of death is confirmed to also be an overdose, it’s possible he was addicted to drugs before dying, an addiction expert tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

“My concern is that someone has this injection, the ‘save shot,’ and then dies four or five days later from an overdose, it means they have used the drug again,” Dr. Deni Carise, Ph.D and Chief Clinical Officer of Recovery Centers of America tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “This leads me to believe one of two things — that the person is addicted to opiates, such as heroin or prescription drugs like Percocet, Vicodin or OxyContin. Or, the person purposely tried to overdose.”

Of course, we still don’t know whether or not Prince’s death was caused by an overdose, and no drug-use has been confirmed. Stream Prince’s greatest hits on Amazon Music here.

The late singer was flying home from a concert in Atlanta on April 15, and allegedly ingested too much Percoect on the flight, which was reportedly the reason for the plane’s emergency landing in Illinois. EMT’s delivered the ‘save shot’ to bring him back to life, according to TMZ, and he was subsequently hospitalized for three hours before being discharged and sent home.

Amid all this, Prince was also battling a severe case of the flu, but when he had fans to his home for a dance party on April 16, he assured them he was doing fine. But, as HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY told you, friends were still concerned about his health in the days before his death, and he was tragically found unresponsive in an elevator at his home on April 21. So devastating.

HollywoodLifers, do you believe that Prince was addicted to drugs?