Prince’s Family Sues Walgreen’s & Hospital For Wrongful Death
Prince’s family is suing a hospital and Walgreens for wrongful death, according to reports. The late singer’s family filed last week, suing Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Ill. According to the suit, the family questions the roles of a doctor and pharmacist at the hospital on April 15, 2016, when Prince suffered an overdose on a flight home from a concert in Atlanta and needed emergency medical attention.
Prince died April 21st, six days later, from a second overdose at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen. The family is also pointing the finger at Walgreens, who is also named in the suit because it dispensed opioid in the name of Prince’s longtime friend and Paisley Park manager Kirk Johnson that actually were meant for Prince. The attorney John Goetz says,
We will have much to say when the time is right. We have client interests to protect at the moment, including our theory of the case. What happened to Prince is happening to families across America. Prince’s family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince.
The lawsuit does not specify how the Illinois doctor or pharmacist failed. Emergency room leaders in Minnesota said it would have been unusual to go beyond a visual pharmacy examination of the pills Prince had been taking — though it was technically possible to test them. A urine drug screen could have led medical authorities to the realization that Prince had overdosed on fentanyl, but the singer refused the test.
Authorities last week closed the death investigation, saying they were unable to identify the source of the fatal fentanyl. No one was arrested or criminally charged in the case.