Some shocking claims have been made about pop icon Prince in the wake of the tragic mystery surrounding his death.
As still-grieving fans wait to learn the results of an autopsy and finally get some closure on what happened to him, two people who were apparently close to The Purple One have spoken out with troubling revelations relating to health issues and alleged chemical dependencies that the musical genius was struggling with before he died.
For starters, one man who’s identified himself as Prince’s longtime drug dealer (Buuuut who could also very easily just be some BS artist/deluded spotlight chaser/scum-sucking vulture) has told The Mirror that Prince was addicted to high-strength opioid painkillers for more than 25 years.
Identifying himself only as “Doctor D”, the guy described the iconic musician as being “majorly addicted” and claimed that he regularly bought drugs off him between 1984 and 2008.
Doctor D also reckons it was an expensive habit, claiming that Prince would spend up to $US40,000 at a time on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches – both highly addictive painkillers – and adding that he couldn’t perform onstage without them because he suffered from “crippling stage fright”.
Also, in response to claims from those closest to the legendary muso that he was a super-healthy vegan who never abused drugs or alcohol, the “doc” explained: “He was always a pill man – that’s why nobody ever saw him do drugs. He never shot up, or snorted cocaine”.
Tragically, D also hypothesised that it could have been an *actual* doctor who unknowingly contributed to Prince’s death – by prescribing him strong pain killers for his hip condition without knowing that he was secretly also taking opiates.
Another commentator to come out of the woodwork has been Prince’s brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips, who alleges that the singer hadn’t slept for six days before he was found dead in a lift in his Minneapolis home.
“I was with him just last weekend,” he told News Corp. “He worked 154 hours straight. He was a good brother-in-law.”
Apparently, the *alleged* sleep deprivation could be the result of Prince’s *alleged* painkillers, which The Mirror reports can induce insomnia if mixed with other meds.
It comes after reports from gossip site TMZ that Prince was treated for a painkiller overdose in the week prior to his death, and rescued from the brink of flat-lining with a “save shot” that was administered after his tour plane made an emergency landing.
But I guess we won’t know for sure until his autopsy results come through in a few weeks’ time.
In the meantime, heartbroken tributes to the great Purple One have been flooding in from his fans and peers – including a number of dedicated performances at Coachella 2016 this weekend – and even mother nature herself, while monuments across the world have been turning purple for Prince.
You can stay up to date with all of the latest information and updates via our Prince Feed.
Gallery: Prince’s Life In Pictures
Now this is really early days with Prince performing in NYC at the Bottom Line on February 15, 1980. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
Performing off the back of his third album Controversy, even in the early days he was a force to be reckoned with onstage (Photo by Waring Abbott/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Prince performing on stage – Purple Rain Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Prince attending the premiere of his feature film 'Purple Rain' on July 26, 1984 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
More of him performing on the Purple Rain Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
More from his iconic show at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Prince collects the award for Best International Artist at the British Record Industry Awards, aka the BRIT Awards with classic style in London, 11th February 1985. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Prince shredding onstage in 1985 a year after the release of Purple Rain (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Prince performing in the UK, circa 1985. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Always a snappy dresser, Prince rocks some polka dots on stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1988. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
The purple one performing at the iconic Wembley stadium in London, 1986 in the post Purple Rain era. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Prince shows some skin while performing on stage, 1986. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Barechested with a guitar strapped at his waist and performing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 30, 1990. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Ever the showman, Prince delights fans circa 1990. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
The purple one returns to Wembley, London, 22nd August 1990. (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince holds one hand by his ear to hear the crowd response, during a concert, February 1991. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Prince performs at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards Held in Los Angeles, CA on September 5, 1991. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
Prince in concert and in costume at Earl's Court, London, 15th June 1992. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Prince performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 1993 in New York, New York. (Photo of Prince Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Prince delighting Aussie fans on his early 90s Australian tour. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).
Even in his later days Prince never lost his presence and energy on stage. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)
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