Awaiting Prince’s autopsy results: Experts say flu, opioid use can be deadly combination

April 22, 2016 2:43 PM

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Most speculation on the death of Prince, who passed away Thursday at age 57, has centered on his struggle with the flu, but new reports suggest the late pop icon may also have suffered from an opioid overdose. If that’s the case, experts say the combination could be deadly, as the respiratory illness and even a regular dosage of opioids can effectively depress the body’s ability to breathe.

Prince’s publicist has confirmed that the musician, born Prince Rogers Nelson, had been suffering from the flu for several weeks, but sources close to the late celebrity told TMZ that Prince had also been treated with the anti-overdose drug naloxone late last week. He was reportedly taking percocet,...

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