Oh no! If Prince was taking opiates while battling a bad case of the flu, it could have contributed to his untimely death at age 57, a top doctor tells HollywoodLife.com. Keep reading for why taking the pain killer percocet in his condition could have been fatal!
So sad! While Prince may have been battling a bad case of the flu at the time of his Apr. 21 death, if he was also taking opiates it would have put the musician at a big risk for having a terrifying respiratory event. HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY to an addiction specialist who explains what a dangerous combination it is.
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“Some things can be somewhat synergistic, and synergistic is 1+1=3. Like if you have the flu or respiratory problems, combine the flu with opiate use, those are going to reach havoc with your respiratory system. The opiates are going to slow it down. The flu is going to make it overburdened and stressed,” addiction specialist Dr. Deni Carise tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Prince himself said in his final concert Apr. 14 that he’d been “under the weather” recently, causing him to postpone several shows and his camp claimed it was because he’d been battling the flu. His plane even made an emergency landing in Illinois to allegedly treat severe symptoms of it while en route back from that Atlanta show. But TMZ later reported that it was a percocet overdose that cause the sudden stop, as Prince was unconscious and in need of a “save shot” to be revived. The singer had allegedly been taking the powerful opiate to combat hip pain.
It’s going to be at least several weeks before we find out what really caused the “Purple Rain” singer to mysteriously pass away at just 57-years-old inside his suburban Minneapolis mansion. While an autopsy has been performed, it will be a while before the toxicology reports come back that will say what drugs he had in the system at the time he passed.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Prince’s blood tests will reveal a drug overdose?