Prince died from an overdose and was revived a week before his final act of death, his cousin revealed on an episode of E! True Hollywood Story.
In 2016, a plane carrying Prince had to make an emergency landing, after the “I Will Die for You” singer’s health took a turn for the worst.
Charles Smith, Prince’s cousin says that the artist had stopped breathing and died on April 15, 2016. But he says Prince was resuscitated and given Narcan, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
“He died on the plane,” Smith said to THS. “Then, they brought him back.”
“Narcan immediately reverses the effects of the opioid and, basically, wakes you up.” anesthesiologist Dr. Faye Jamali adds.
Once Prince got to the hospital, Smith said the “Purple Rain” singer refused to allow doctors to draw his blood.
“Somebody was hiding something,” Smith said during the episode. “Prince is back to being Prince again, and they take him back home. He should’ve never left that hospital.”
“Just look at how many chances everybody had, that was in that circle, to say something or do something,” Smith concludes. “He didn’t have a chance.”
Prince died less than a week later on April 21.
Just prior to his 2016 death, music legend Prince announced during a New York show his plans to pen memoir, titled The Beautiful Ones.
Fast forward to 2019 and the musician’s first and only book is set to hit shelves Tuesday.
“This is my first one,” Prince said at the time. “My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this,” Prince told a crowd that included Daily Show host Trevor Noah and Harry Belafonte.
The book, which Prince had worked on for only three months before his passing, was originally set for a 2017 release.
Prince told his collaborator and editor, Dan Piepenbring, that The Beautiful Ones would include “bombshells.” But Piepenbring noted in an interview with USA TODAY that Prince died before he really had the chance to spill any pearl-clutching tea.