Prince, the legendary popstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence captivated the world with hits like Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, died yesterday (April 21) at the age of 57.
According to AFP via The Straits Times, TMZ reported Prince was treated for a drug overdose in the week before his death.
He had been treated at a hospital after his private jet made an unexpected stop at Moline, Illinois last Friday after a concert in Atlanta, amid reports he had been battling influenza.
"Multiple sources in Moline tell us Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a 'save shot'...typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate," TMZ reported.
Unnamed sources said that Prince had been advised to remain at the hospital for 24 hours but decided to leave after three hours when he couldn't get a private room.
"We know authorities in Minnesota are trying to get the hospital records from Moline to help determine (the) cause of death," said TMZ.
News of his death prompted a flood of tributes, from US President Barack Obama to the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, as well as ordinary fans.