LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Prince family, who died at the age of 57 in 2016, condemned the physician who treated the singer for his opiate addiction and allegedly provided him with several prescription drugs just before his death, ABC reported.
The lawsuit filed with a federal court in Minnesota, United States, accuses doctor Michael Todd Schulenberg of negligence when he Purple Rain, who died as a result of an overdose of the opioid fentanyl.
"It has not adequately assessed, diagnosed, treated and advised Prince due to its recognizable dependence on opiates and failed to take appropriate and reasonable measures to prevent the predictably fatal outcome of this dependency," the complaint said.
"These deviations from the standard of acceptable medical practice have played a substantial role in supporting Prince's death," he adds.
The doctor defended himself today by a statement from his lawyer, who claimed that the case is unfounded and that his client will prove that his actions were correct.
Last April Prince's family also reported a hospital in Illinois (USA) that Prince had seen a week before his death.
Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg became known in the case about the death of Prins when the researchers found in the home of the musician different drugs that were not prescribed in the name of the artist.
Prince received these drugs through a network of friends and acquaintances, including Kirk Johnson, who was in charge of the safety of his team.
Schulenberg was the one who signed the proceeds for these non-fentanyl medicines and said that he did it to protect the privacy of Prince & # 39 ;.
In April, the County Attorney & # 39; s Office of Carver County announced that no charges would be filed for the death of Prince, because after nearly two years of investigation, they had no "sufficient evidence" to sue someone.
The authorities recognized that they were unable to determine how fentanyl had reached Prince's hands, because the musician had no medical prescription for his possession and they assumed that the singer died by mistakenly consuming false Vicodin that actually contained fentanyl .
At the same press conference, the public prosecutor assured him that Schulenberg had examined Prince and had given him Percocet tablets, which had nothing to do with the death of the artist.
Schulenberg then reached an agreement with the federal authorities for which he paid a fine of $ 30,000.