Prince’s family have accused Dr. Michael Schulenberg of failing to treat the star for an opioid addiction and are suing him, saying he bears responsibility for the singer’s overdose. The beloved singer was found dead at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on April 21st, 2016. According to the report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, the 57-year-old died of an accidental overdose of the drug fentanyl.

“Authorities say Dr Schulenberg admitted prescribing oxycodone, a powerful opiate, to Prince through the name of the star’s bodyguard to protect Prince’s privacy, though Dr Schulenberg has disputed that.

The lawsuit claims that the doctor and other defendants had missed opportunities in the weeks before Prince’s death to diagnose his addiction.”1

The family is seeking unspecified damages in an excess of $50,000.


Dr. Schulenberg’s lawyer says the suit has no merit, “We understand this situation has been difficult on everyone close to Mr. Nelson and his fans across the globe. Be that as it may, Dr. Schulenberg stands behind the care that Mr Nelson [Prince] received. We intend to defend this case.”2

Sources and References

  1. Sky News, August 25, 2018.
  2. Sky News, August 25, 2018.