Prince: Alleged Drug Dealer Claims 'Purple Rain' Singer Had Secret Addiction

By Kathleen Nava | Apr 24, 2016 09:49 PM EDT
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Prince’s alleged drug dealer has made a shocking claim that the Purple Rain hitmaker was hooked on opiates for over 25 years in an explosive new report.

The “majorly addicted” star secretly took the drugs to combat anxiety and stage fright, a man who calls himself Doctor D from 1984 until 2008 told the Daily Mail.

“In the beginning he would buy speed as well as Dilaudid,” Doctor D told the site. “I would sell him black beauties which were a black pill and cross tops which were also speed pills. He would use that as a counter balance to get back up again from taking opiates. That lasted for a couple of years then he would just buy Dilaudid, which is a heroin based opiate. It is highly addictive."

"As far as I knew he never took heroin – as that would leave you out of it for days whereas Dilaudid gives you an energy buzz as well as making you feel relaxed – so he preferred it," he continued. "He needed the drugs because he was so nervous – he could be nervous in a room with just five people in it. He was scared to go out in public, he was scared to talk to people and didn’t like to go on stage – he had the worst case of stage fright I’d ever seen. A lot of performers rely on drugs to make them feel confident on stage but he was by far the worse.”

The 57-year-old legendary music icon was found dead Thursday at his Minnesota home. Some outlets are surmising that he died from an overdose of the opiate Percocet, prescribed to combat the pain in his hips and ankles — joints he damaged during a career of performing in high heels, his pals have said.

The doctors who prescribed the Percocet may not have known about his addiction to other meds, increasing his risk of overdose, the dealer said.

Now police are attempting to sit down each and every person aboard on the flight with Prince when they made an emergency landing to get to the bottom of the incident, according to a source who spoke to the Mirror.

Though an autopsy has been completed, the results won’t be released until a toxicology screening comes back. Suicide has been ruled out, and there were no signs of trauma on his body, which was found in the elevator at his Paisley Park complex.

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