Prince’s lawyer has dismissed suggestions that the star was coping with a drug addiction.
TMZ reported last week that Prince was treated for an overdose of Percocet, a strong painkiller, while flying home from a concert. Lawyer L. Londell McMillan, who was once Prince’s manager, told Associated Press he spoke to Prince the Sunday before he died, after it was reported that his plane made an emergency landing for the medical treatment.
“He said he was doing perfect,” McMillan recalled. Asked about the TMZ report, McMillan said that while Prince may have taken pain medication sometimes, he was “not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern.”
“People use medication. The question is, are you on meds in a dangerous way?” he said.
“Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn’t walking around drugged up,” he continued. “That’s foolish. No one ever saw Prince and said, ‘He looks high.’ It wasn’t what he was about.”
Prince was found dead at his home, Paisley Park, last Thursday at the age of 57. An autopsy was carried out, with results due in several weeks. Prince’s sister has stated that the star had no known will. He was cremated over the weekend at a private ceremony with his family.
McMillan, who managed Prince during his long battle with Warner Bros, said he was “shocked and overwhelmed” by his death.
George Clinton has also paid his respects to Prince, calling him “the epitome of a rock star” in an interview with Billboard. The Funkadelic legend added: “I was about him the same way I’m about Kendrick Lamar now. You could see it coming. You could see he was Sly [Stone] for the new generation.”
D’Angelo performed a moving tribute to his hero on The Tonight Show yesterday – watch him play ‘Sometimes It Snows In April’ below.