According to ABC, the lawsuit read: “He failed to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognizable opioid addiction, and further failed to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeably fatal result of that addiction.
“These departures from the standard of acceptable medical practice had a substantial part in bringing about Prince’s death.”
Prince’s family is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.
Dr. Schulenberg’s lawyer said they intended to defend the case, the Associated Press reported.
Paul Peterson said in a statement: “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 received. We intend to defend this case.”
As well as Dr. Schulenberg, the lawsuit also names North Memorial Health Care, where the doctor worked, Walgreens stores, which dispenses medication, and UnityPoint Health.
Drugs found in Prince’s home were falsely labeled as fentanyl, according to reports.
Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, officials investigating Prince’s death said the pills were labeled as hydrocodone, a weaker type of opioid.
Autopsy results released in June revealed Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Officials told the Associated Press Prince, 57, had no prescriptions for controlled substances at the time.
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The artist was found dead in an elevator inside his Paisley Park home in April.
According to the Star Tribune report, Prince weighed just 110lbs at the time of his death and had significantly more than a fatal dose of fentanyl in his system.
Fentanyl has been linked to a surge in overdoses in parts of the US after being incorporated into counterfeit pills.
The counterfeit pills found in Paisley Park contained a variety of drugs, according to the Associated Press, including fentanyl, lidocaine and U-4770, a synthetic drug eight times more powerful than morphine.
Tests on the musician prior to his death did not show fentanyl in his system, AP said, citing an official involved with the investigation, indicating the singer was not a long-term user of the drug.
The official said Prince had many of these pills with him a week before his death when his airplane made an emergency stop in Illinois after he fell ill.
Prince reportedly received two doses of Narcan, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses.
Medical examiners have found that Prince died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office’s report comes more than a month after Prince was found slumped in a lift at his home.
Detectives have already questioned a doctor who saw Prince twice in the weeks before he died.
Prescription painkillers were Prince’s possession following his death at the age of 57, officials told media last month.
A police warrant has also revealed that Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed medication to Prince on April 20 – the day before he died.
The warrant does not say what was prescribed or whether Prince took the drugs.
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According to the autopsy report, Prince self-administered fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin.
In March 2015, the US Drug and Enforcement Administration warned the drug, which it said was often laced in heroin, was a “threat to health and public safety”.
The agency said even small doses of fentanyl could be lethal and that “incidents” and overdoses related to the drug were “occurring at an alarming rate”.
Prince was found unresponsive in a lift at his Paisley Park Studios on the morning of April 21, local officials said. First responders tried to revive him with CPR but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
The singer is believed to have suffered from knee and hip pain from years of performing, the Associated Press news agency reports, citing a friend.
Artists from around the world and Prince’s numerous fans later paid tributes to the star.
Prince was cremated in a private ceremony on April 24. His family is understood to be planning to stage a public memorial in August.
According to a new report, Prince was scheduled to meet with an addiction specialist to help curb his reliance on painkillers the day that he died.
Prince’s team requested emergency support from leading addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld just a day before the singer died.
Dr. Howard Kornfeld was unable to make it from California to Minnesota immediately but sent his son.
In a strange turn of events, it was his son, Dr. Andrew Kornfeld, who called police after joining Prince’s staff to search for the missing singer.
The Kornfelds’ lawyer, William Mauzy, said neither had met Prince before his death.
William Mauzy told reporters on May 4 that Prince’s team contacted Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 20, the day before Prince died.
Unable to make it to Minnesota, Dr. Howard Kornfeld dispatched his son, Andrew, and called a local doctor, who cleared his morning schedule to stabilize the singer.
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When Dr. Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Prince’s Paisley Park home, he was told that the singer was missing. He joined members of staff to search the property and made the emergency call when Prince’s unresponsive body was found.
William Mauzy said the plan was to stabilize the musician in Minnesota, before flying him to California to seek treatment at Dr. Andrew Kornfeld’s Recovery Without Walls rehab centre in Mill Valley.
The lawyer confirmed that Dr. Andrew Kornfeld had been interviewed by police, but was protected by Minnesota’s Good Samaritan law. The law offers some legal protections to those who make emergency calls, to encourage them to do so.
No details have been released from Prince’s autopsy report, but investigators are looking into whether the singer died from an overdose and if a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.
They are also trying to establish whether a doctor was on Prince’s plane when it made an emergency landing less than a week before he died.
Prince was found unconscious on the plane after it stopped in Moline, Illinois, on April 15. Detectives investigating the musician’s death have asked to see fire and ambulance records related to the emergency landing.
It also emerged on May 4 that emergency calls were made from the Paisley Park complex 46 times in the past five years.
A log released by Minnesota authorities showed the 911 calls related to everything from medical emergencies to false fire alarms.
It included one call in 2011 in which an unidentified woman said she was concerned about Prince’s cocaine use, but no police action was taken.
According to new reports, an alleged love child of late star Prince has come forward to claim his inheritance.
The un-named man has enlisted Heir Hunters International to help back his claim that Prince fathered him in the 1980s.
Prince had relations with hundreds of women around the world and now a man from Prince’s home state of Minnesota claims to be his son.
The man has contacted the genealogical and research firm in a bid to net his supposed father’s wealth.
Heir Hunters International claims to have handled cases in 30 countries and to have handled cases totaling well over one hundred million dollars.
The team is now working round the clock to pin down the genealogy of Prince’s alleged love child, the Daily Mail reported.
If the man’s bid is successful it’s believed he will take all of Prince’s $300 million fortune.However, if the man’s claim is found to be false, it’s believed the money could go to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson.
Heir Hunters are also dealing with a claim from a man who says he shares the same father as the late star and therefore is his half brother.
The company admits that they have been swamped with “hundreds” of similar claims, however, these are the only two they believe to be potentially legitimate.
“We have received hundreds of calls, emails and letters from people claiming to be either a child of Prince’s or offspring of Prince’s father,” it said.
“Obviously they all can’t be genuine claims, but we have established that at least two seem to be legitimate and will need further investigatio.”
Prince’s family has begun the process of dividing up the singer’s sizeable assets.
The iconic musician left no known will and his assets are estimated to be worth about $100 million.
Prince died at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 21.
The singer’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and half-siblings are the apparent heirs to his estate, authorities have said.
Tyka Nelson and Prince’s half-sibling Alfred Jackson attended a hearing on May 2 at the Carver County courthouse in Minnesota, where lawyers began surveying the singer’s estate.
If no will is found, the state will determine how the money is divided up.
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During the short hearing, Judge Kevin Eide formally appointed Bremer Trust National Association as the special administration to oversee Prince’s probate case.
One attorney said there was an “ongoing search” for a will.
Investigators are still determining how Prince died at the age of 57.
Prescription painkillers were in Prince’s possession when he died. However, it is unclear what role, if any, those drugs may have played.
A law enforcement official confirmed to the Associated Press that investigators were looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.
According to ABC News, a vault containing unreleased Prince’s songs was found at his estate and will be drilled open by the company with temporary authority over his estate.
Prince told The View about his unreleased music in 2012.
Enough music was apparently left behind to release an album a year for the next century.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, has revealed in court documents that her famous brother did not leave a will.
The documents, filed in state court in Minnesota, show Tyka Nelson has petitioned for a special administrator to oversee Prince’s estate.
Prince Nelson Rogers was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound in a suburb of Minnesota on April 21 at the age of 57.
The size of Prince’s fortune is unclear but includes $27 million in property.
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Tyka Nelson is Prince’s only surviving full sibling and stated in the papers that immediate action was necessary to manage her brother’s business interests.
Prince is on course to dominate charts this week, as mourning fans rush to buy his music, while the Hollywood Reporter claimed over three million of his songs and albums had been bought in the US since his death.
A private memorial service was held for Prince on April 23, attended by about 20 of his closest friends and family.
Following the service, drummer and frequent Prince’s collaborator Sheila E confirmed there were plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum, akin to Elvis’s Graceland.
The autopsy of Prince’s body has begun in Minnesota at 9AM on April 22.
The legendary musician died suddenly at his home in Minnesota on April 21 at the aged of 57.
Prince Nelson Rogers was found collapsed in a lift at the premises outside Minneapolis, which doubled as his music studio. According to a transcript of a 9.43am emergency call released on April 22, an unidentified male caller said he was dead and replied: “Yes, it’s Prince” when asked if he was with the person. Prince was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.07AM on April 21.
No details were released as medical examiner’s office said it could take days to determine cause of death and weeks to receive results of toxicology test.
A wave of tributes has swept around the world for Prince who sold more than 100 million records.
Fans gathered across America to dance and sing along to the musician’s hits.
Illuminated buildings from Las Vegas to Melbourne, Australia, turned purple – the color with which he was associated since the release of his album Purple Rain.
Prince’s innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz, and he was at his peak in the 1980s with albums like Purple Rain, 1999 and Sign O’ The Times.
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota said an examination would be conducted on April 22 but warned it could be days or weeks before any findings were released.