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By Damilola Faustino

The family of Prince have filed a lawsuit against his former doctor for wrongful death. The suit alleges that Dr Michael T. Schulenberg – the doctor who treated Prince twice shortly before his death – “failed to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognisable opioid addiction.”

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It claims that he also “failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeable fatal final result of that addiction. Prince’s family are seeking $50,000 in damages. Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl in April 2016.

Authorities say Dr. Michael Schulenberg admitted prescribing oxycodone to Prince under his bodyguard’s name to protect Prince’s privacy, though Schulenberg has disputed that.

The lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court alleges that the doctor and other defendants had the opportunity and duty during the weeks before Prince’s death to diagnose his opioid addiction and prevent his death, but failed to do so.

Schulenberg’s attorney says they believe the lawsuit has no merit.

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