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Prince’s Cause of Death Confirmed (UPDATED)

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A law enforcement official has revealed to the AP that Prince died of an apparent opioid drug overdose.

Prince was never perceived as a “drug guy,” just a “cool guy.”  Even though there was evidence that he was either sick or looking for substance abuse help near the time of his death, I don’t think anybody wanted to hear that he died from an overdose.

The way Prince died shouldn’t change the way we think about his life and legacy, but will it?

UPDATE (2:40)

After earlier reports began circulating, the Minnesota medical examiner released an official report: Prince died of an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Prince’s Cause of Death Confirmed (UPDATED)



  1. kyle heavy
    1:05 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Real shocker here…….



  2. jkmann1
    1:18 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Doesn’t really change anything for me. It’s not like it taints his music at all. The guy had a profound impact on the world and made some bad choices. Good people get involved with drugs. Good people battle alcoholism. To me, Prince is still Prince and him I’m never going to think ‘man, this is a good song, but it’s less good because Prince did some drugs.’



  3. Dubowski
    1:34 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Opiods. AKA pain killers. Hopefully it wasn’t a suicide.



  4. Geo_Armstrong
    1:43 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    The ignorance in regards to drug addiction is incredibly sad. If Prince was a diabetic and died due to an insulin induced diabetic coma, would anyone ask “The way Prince died shouldn’t change the way we think about his life and legacy, but will it?.”



  5. Sentient Third Eye
    2:17 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    It’s another Elvis/Michael Jackson situation where doctors have found a cash cow and they won’t say no to anything the patient wants. And they end up letting the patients inadvertently kill themselves with excessive medication.



    • Blue Beard
      2:39 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

      More like the doctors themselves kill their patients with excessive medication… as a doctor you should know that no one should be on opiates for any longer than a month. end of story



    • ceeph
      5:05 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

      Hey bluebeard make that statement when you have lived with someone in chronic pain who can barely move and begs you to just make it stop hurting. When you have been to doc after doc who can do nothing to fix the cause of the pain and tell them that they can only have the one thing that makes it bearable for a month. Some how I bet you would change your tune dramatically.



  6. kjd
    2:47 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Is there factual evidence that it was prescribed medication he OD on? Were they black market?



  7. Megan
    4:23 pm June 2, 2016 Permalink

    Haters just found a reason to scratch Prince from their ever-shrinking list of people to be admired. Wonder if anyone’s still left on their lists.



  8. BigPerm
    1:36 pm June 3, 2016 Permalink

    Great line Nick…”the way Prince died…” I totally agree and I’m glad you said that. Nowadays we all know someone who has been sadly and directly affected by drug addiction. It unfortunately leaves a embarrassing black eye that often detracts from their actual life. In any regard, well said sir.