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Apr242018

Prince's family sues hospital and Walgreens; new album of unreleased material coming in September

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLRPrince's family is suing the hospital that treated the legendary singer the week before he died, The Star Tribune reports.

In the wrongful death suit, the family claims the Trinity Medical Center in Illinois improperly treated Prince's first overdose, ultimately leading to his second and fatal overdose a week later. 

The family is also suing Walgreens for dispensing opioids to Paisley Park manager Kirk Johnson that were intended for Prince.

"What happened to Prince is happening to families across America," attorney John Goetz said on behalf of the family. "Prince's family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince."

The state and federal criminal investigation found the singer was taking Vicodin with fentanyl. The source of the deadly substance could not be found, so authorities closed the case with no arrests or criminal charges.

The investigation also found that the singer refused medical testing and treatment.

Prince died on April 21, 2016, with his family filing suit exactly two years later. 

In other Prince news, his estate has announced a new album of unreleased music from the star, which will be released on September 28, according to Variety

"Last week, the release of "Nothing Compares 2 U" was the first piece of music to come from our collaboration with the estate, and now we’re working on a release for the fall -- a full-length album," Troy Carter, the entertainment adviser for Prince's estate, tells Variety. "Michael Howe, who’s been working with us on the archive, has done a tremendous job of finding some special pieces of work, and one of the pieces that he found, all of us fell in love with it and decided this was special enough for fans to hear. So we’re putting the final touches on it -- it’ll come in the fall."

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