Prince’s lawyer has revealed the last conversation he had with the late musical icon and defended the renowned musician against allegations of a drug addiction.
L. Londell McMillan, lawyer to Prince Rogers Nelson, had known the acclaimed star for 25 years and had previously been his manager, the Associated Press reports. At an April 25 press conference, McMillan said he had spoken to Prince on April 17 after hearing reports about his plane having made an emergency landing due to medical complications.
"He said he was doing perfect," McMillan recalled, according to the AP. "He said, 'OK, I'll call you soon.'"
Prince had been battling the flu for weeks when his private jet made a brief emergency landing at a hospital in Moline, Illinois, on April 15 while on his way home from concerts in Atlanta, People Magazine reported. Prince had postponed the Atlanta concerts due to illness, but rescheduled them for April 14.
Citing unidentified sources, TMZ reported that Prince was treated for an accidental overdose of Percocet, a potent painkiller prescribed for his hip and ankles, according to Page Six.
McMillan said Prince may have occasionally taken medication, but he was "not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern" prior to his death, the AP notes.
"People use medication," he said. "The question is, are you on meds in a dangerous way?"
Prince’s clean lifestyle was known among his fans, including his veganism and unwillingness to consume drugs.
"Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn’t walking around drugged up," McMillan said. "That’s foolish. No one ever saw Prince and said 'He looks high.' It wasn’t what he was about."
McMillan, who also worked with Michael Jackson, said he was "shocked and overwhelmed" at the news of Prince’s passing on April 21.
"Prince had an amazing life," he said. "He enjoyed life. He had a lot of fun."
McMillan attended the private ceremony at Prince’s Paisley Park residence in Minneapolis on April 23.
"It was a very loving and special, solemn and very appreciative," McMillan said. "I think he would have been proud of how we celebrated his life."