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Prince Heirs Blame Hospital, Pharmacists for Death

Lawsuit claims overdose wasn't properly treated

(Newser) - Prince's heirs have sued Walgreens and the Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide Prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. The wrongful-death lawsuit alleges a doctor and pharmacist at Trinity... More »

Sinead Made the Song Famous. Now, Prince's Studio Version

Previously unseen 1984 video of Prince performing 'Nothing Compares 2 U' is making the rounds

(Newser) - Prince died two years ago Saturday, and a bittersweet memento of the beloved rock star has now emerged. CNN reports on a newly released video of previously unseen footage, shot in 1984 in a warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minn., showing Prince's original studio version of "Nothing Compares 2... More »

Prince's Death Investigation Ends With a Fizzle

'We simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone'

(Newser) - Prince suffered a fatal overdose in 2016 when he took fentanyl pills that were disguised as prescription Vicodin tablets. But after a two-year investigation, authorities in Minnesota say they haven't been able to uncover who provided the counterfeit pills and thus will not be filing criminal charges, reports the... More »

Prince's $200M Estate Remains Untouched

No one has yet gotten a piece of the late entertainer's millions

(Newser) - As the second anniversary of Prince's death approaches, his heirs have yet to collect a dollar of his estimated $200 million estate. Per the AP , bankers, lawyers, and consultants have earned millions from it. The long saga to settle the estate provides a cautionary tale about dying without a... More »

Report: Prince Had 'Exceedingly High' Level of Drug in His System

Experts say it is obvious that fentanyl killed him

(Newser) - A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy obtained Monday by the AP shows he had what multiple experts called an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate... More »

Timberlake's Halftime Show Includes Selfie in the Stands

But no Prince hologram, as rumored

(Newser) - Justin Timberlake paid tribute to Prince during his Super Bowl halftime performance with a cover of "I Will Die 4 U," but there was no hologram of the late superstar. Instead, Timberlake sang as footage of Prince projected onto a long screen in the middle of the stadium,... More »

This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celebs

Michael Jackson earned $75M in last 12 months: 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Celebrities aren't any less mortal than the rest of us, but their earning power can be. Forbes takes a look at the highest-paid dead celebrities of the past year, measuring pretax income as of Oct. 15. Among those included is a celeb who died this month—and another who... More »

Pharmacists Busted for Looking Up Prince's Medical Records

The three Indiana pharmacists tried to access the late musician's records separately

(Newser) - Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded by state regulators for trying to access Prince's medical records within days of the music superstar's death last year, AP reports. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy issued letters of reprimand in the last three months and imposed penalties on the three after... More »

Get Some Ice Water for the Sexiest Music Video Ever

We forgot how steamy "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak was

(Newser) - Sex on the beach, a gyrating half-naked Prince, and what amounts to a mostly clothed orgy. These are just some of the sights in the sexiest music videos of all time, according to Rolling Stone . The top five: More »

Prince's Signature Hue Gets Official Stamp from Pantone

Love Symbol #2 was developed by his estate with the color institute

(Newser) - The Purple One’s love for a certain color is being honored with a new hue developed by the Pantone Color Institute in collaboration with his estate. According to Pitchfork , the shade “Love Symbol #2” was named after the trademark symbol Prince developed in the ‘90s, while the... More »

Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies at 43

'One of the best to ever pick up drumsticks'

(Newser) - More sad new for Prince fans: John Blackwell Jr., a drummer who played with Prince for 15 years, has died at the age of 43. In an Instagram post Tuesday, wife Yaritza said Blackwell had died peacefully in her company, TMZ reports. Blackwell was diagnosed with two brain tumors last... More »

Judge Finally Names Prince's 6 Heirs

His estate is worth an estimated $200M

(Newser) - A judge confirmed Prince's six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend's multimillion-dollar estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formally declared that Prince died April 21, 2016, without a... More »

New Prince EP May Drop Friday, If Suit Doesn't Stop It

Star's estate is suing to stop release of 6-track 'Deliverance' on death anniversary

(Newser) - The doves may soon dry their tears: a new Prince EP is set to be released Friday, the first anniversary of his death, Rolling Stone reports. The six-track Deliverance—which a press release notes can be preordered online at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon—is a posthumous compilation of songs... More »

Prince Had Oxycodone in Bottles Labeled 'Kirk Johnson'

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg explains why in court documents

(Newser) - A doctor who saw Prince in the days before he died had prescribed the painkiller oxycodone under the name of Prince's friend to protect the musician's privacy, according to court documents unsealed Monday. The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cellphone records of Prince's associates, and Prince'... More »

A Year Later, Big Questions Remain on Prince's Death

'New York Times' takes a look as anniversary nears

(Newser) - April 21 will mark one year since Prince's death at age 57, and the New York Times takes a look at the mysteries that still linger. The biggest one: Where did Prince get the fentanyl that killed him? Fentanyl, an opioid that is cheaper to produce than heroin but... More »

Prince's Ex Recalls His 'Terror' at Terminally Ill Son's Birth

Amiir was born with rare genetic condition, lived just 6 days

(Newser) - In a new memoir, Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia tells the heartbreaking story of giving birth to her son with the musician, Amiir, who lived just six days. "I don’t think [Prince] ever got over it," says Garcia to People , which has an exclusive excerpt from the... More »

Sinead O'Connor Apologizes for Arsenio Hall Accusations

He's dropping his $5M lawsuit

(Newser) - Arsenio Hall has dropped a $5 million defamation lawsuit accusing Sinead O'Connor of "recklessly spreading malicious, vile lies" following an apology from the singer. In now-deleted Facebook posts made weeks after Prince's death last year, O'Connor accused Hall of supplying the star with hard drugs over... More »

George Michael Tribute Gets Adele Cursing

But she recovered for powerful performance; Prince also honored

(Newser) - David Bowie wasn't the only major performer we lost last year, and the Grammys made sure to pay tribute to two others. First host James Corden spoke on the late George Michael, noting how the performer's music "had an honesty and openness that excluded no one"... More »

Prince Was Apparently Hoarding Gold Bars

And his property was valued at more than $25M

(Newser) - Prince may have had a little Scrooge McDuck in him. An inventory of the late music star's assets made public this week by the court handling his estate reveals he had more than $836,000 worth of gold bars, ABC News reports. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune , Prince... More »

There's No Will for Prince's Estimated $200M Estate

Which means it will likely be split among all of his siblings

(Newser) - It's not really a surprise that Prince was worth a whole lot of money when he died in April, but now there's a number on it. The singer's estate is estimated to be worth $200 million, per a court filing, which is about half of what David... More »

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