Prince's Family Sues Illinois Hospital and Walgreens Over His Death

U.S. musician Prince performs at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood southern England

U.S. musician Prince performs at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood southern England

Prince's six heirs have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in IL stemming from the treatment of the musician at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Moline on April 15, 2016, after he overdosed on opioids while returning home from a concert in Atlanta.

Last week, investigators on the case said no one will be criminally charged for Princes Death.

The statute of limitations for filing suit in IL expires two years after a death - in this case, April 21. The statute of limitations there is two years following a person's death.

Prince left the hospital after refusing to undergo further testing, even though the Trinity Medical Center medical staff told the singer that they could not let him leave unless they knew what he had taken, "because you could die depending on what it is". Also named are Iowa Health System (d/b/a Unitypoint Health), Nicole Mancha M.D. and an individual identified only as Jane Doe.

A week before Prince's death, his plane made an emergency landing at the Quad-City International Airport in Moline after he overdosed on opioids while returning from performing a concert in Atlanta. But it has been widely-reported he was given Narcan, an antidote used in suspected opioid overdoses.

The suit claims that Prince's death was a "direct and proximate cause" of the hospital failing to appropriately diagnose and treat the overdose, as well as its failure to investigate the cause and provide proper counselling.

Prince died April 21, 2016, at his Paisley Park estate of an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid.

Count III alleges all the defendants "failed in their duty to exercise reasonable care, failed to follow applicable IL and Minnesota law and federal regulations and/or breached the standards of care owed to Prince".

The family of music superstar Prince has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Unity Point Health.

"We will have much to say when the time is right", said John Goetz, the attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the family. "We have client interests to protect at the moment, including our theory of the case", Zimmer said in a statement.

"Prince's family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince".

Police investigating Prince's death found numerous opioids in the singer's home, according to court documents released in April 2017.

A representative for Unitypoint Health said via email that the company could not comment on the matter.

WQAD News 8 has reached out to UnityPoint Health for comment.

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