Following the shock-waving 2016 death of Prince from an accidental drug overdose, the legendary musician’s family pursued a lawsuit against the Minnesota doctor, Michael Schulenberg, who saw the singer in the weeks leading up to his tragic death, as well as Schulenburg’s former employer.
Additionally, his family filed claims against Walgreens, the pharmacy that filled Prince’s subscriptions, and Trinity Medical Center, the Illinois-based hospital that provided him medical assistance following a prior opioid overdose the week before he died. In their lawsuit, his family alleged that Prince’s death could have been prevented if he’d received proper treatment.
On Monday (Jan. 20), the Associated Press reported that plaintiffs began gradually dismissing defendants from the case last year. The lawsuits against Trinity Medical Center and Walgreens were permanently dismissed in August of 2019 followed by a similar dismissal for Schulenberg in November. The lawsuit was likely dropped due to a settlement, according to AP, who reported that both sides agreed to the dismissals.
Previously, Schulenburg initially disputed the allegation that he supplied one of Prince’s bodyguards oxycodone days before the R&B/funk icon died, knowing it would go to him. He eventually paid $30,000 as part of a federal civil violation settlement.
One claim against Dr. Howard Kornfield is still up for an appeal. Kornfield, an authority on opioid addiction treatment, was reportedly contacted by people from Prince’s camp ahead of his untimely death. However, it’s not clear if the doctor ever directly treated Prince himself, although his son, Andrew, was present at Paisley Park when Prince died after he’d reportedly been sent there to come up with a treatment plan for the singer.
As it stands, the federal authorities have been unable to locate the counterfeit pills that killed Prince. According to NBC, it is believed that the music legend unknowingly ingested a fentanyl-laced Vicodin pill, which resulted in his death. Thus far, no one has been criminally charged for the singer’s death.
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