The sudden death of pop icon Prince at 57 years old sparked heavy speculation about an addiction to Percocet that preceded his passing. Prince is not the only celebrity to have a connection to the severely addictive painkiller; Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson were just two others who reportedly used the drug.
Prince died on April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and reports of a drug addiction almost immediately began to circulate. The singer reportedly took so much Percocet while traveling home from concerts in Atlanta, Georgia, that his private plane had to make an emergency landing, and he was given a "save shot" at a hospital in Illinois.
Michael Jackson was a regular Percocet user, who also took drugs such as Fentanyl, Dilaudid and Vicodin. Large quantities of the drugs were found in his home following his 2009 passing.
"We understand Prince suffered chronic pain after developing a hip problem," a police source told the Daily Mirror. "Naturally he took painkillers to ease his troubles but police are looking into if he was prescribed too many."
"We have seen in the case of Jackson how people can acquire large quantities of drugs when really they should be monitored."
Percocet is a drug that contains oxycodone, which is a key ingredient of oxycontin — known as “hillbilly heroin.”
Prince was spotted at Walgreens pharmacy just hours before his death, with witnesses saying he looked “frail and nervous” and “not his usual self.”
Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier told CBS This Morning that Prince had hip replacement surgery in 2010 and also had longstanding issues with his ankles.
"People close to Prince tell me he struggled with painkillers due to his hip and ankle issues," Frazier said.
"The hip and ankle issues were a problem for him for so long, and for a man who loved to move and dance so much, it really bothered him," Frazier added.