Following reports that legendary musician Prince may have overdosed on Percocet a week before his death on April 21, new details have emerged that reveal the singer's death may have been preventable if he had done one thing several years ago.
According to a 2009 report by The Guardian, Prince needed a double hip replacement surgery to treat his persistent hip problems. But as a devout Jehovah's Witness, he refused to have a blood transfusion, which makes the surgery impossible.
Prince had been aware of his need for a hip replacement since 2005, according to the National Enquirer. Doctors allegedly told him that his years of performing on stage in high heels contributed to his hip problems.
Rather than having the surgery, Prince reportedly treated the pain with painkillers, including Percocet.
As previously reported by Opposing Views, a source told TMZ that Prince had overdosed on Percocet days before his death. His plane was forced to make an emergency landing so he could receive medical attention after his final concert in Atlanta and he was given a "save shot" by EMTs.