The alleged former drug dealer for pop icon Prince revealed the singer had been addicted to opiates for the 25 years leading up to his death.
The dealer, identified as Doctor D, told the Daily Mail that Prince would spend up to $40,000 at a time on Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches.
“I first met Prince in 1984 while he was filming the movie "Purple Rain" and he was already majorly addicted to opiates -- I didn't hook him on drugs he was already a really heavy user,” Doctor D said in the exclusive interview.
“In the beginning he would buy speed as well as Dilaudid. I would sell him black beauties which were a black pill and cross tops which were also speed pills. He would use that as a counter balance to get back up again from taking opiates. That lasted for a couple of years then he would just buy Dilaudid, which is a heroin-based opiate. It is highly addictive. As far as I knew he never took heroin -- as that would leave you out of it for days whereas Dilaudid gives you an energy buzz as well as making you feel relaxed -- so he preferred it.”
Doctor D said the late singer needed the drugs because he was “so nervous” and anxious to be in public, even in a room with five people.
“He was scared to go out in public, he was scared to talk to people and didn't like to go on stage -- he had the worst case of stage fright I'd ever seen,” he said. “A lot of performers rely on drugs to make them feel confident on stage but he was by far the worse. Plus he was always paranoid about doctors so he wouldn't ask them for help -- he had a phobia of them. I was surprised when I heard he had been picking up prescriptions before he died.”
Prince, who was found dead at his Paisley Park compound near Minneapolis, Minnesota, reportedly made several trips to a Walgreens pharmacy in the days leading up to his death. He was pictured outside of the store just hours before he died.
Prince was cremated immediately following the conclusion of an autopsy, and celebrated in a short ceremony that included family and friends.
“A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye,” Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a statement, The New York Times reported. “Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private.”