HUGH HEFNER PASSES ON.

HUGH HEFNERHugh Marston Hefner was an American magazine publisher, editor, businessman, and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953.FOR THE MULTI GENERATION PLAYBOY HERO LIFE WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN GOOD BAD STRANGE AND MYTHICAL .DONT TAKE THE GRAPHIC RENDITION OF OLD HEPH THE WRONG WAY .I PURPOSELY DID THIS BECAUSE I RECOGNIZED MR HEFNER FOR THE DEVIL OF A LADIES MAN HE WAS .ONE DEVIL OF A BUSINESS MAN .EVEN IF MY INTENTIONS HAD BEEN TO INSINUATE THE BUNNY GOD ENDED UP IN THE INFERNO IT WOULD BE CANCELLED OUT BY THE FACT HE EXPERIANCED HEAVEN ON EARTH .SO WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND ADMIRATION FOR THE DEVILISH PLAYBOY MASTERMIND  HIMSELF MR HUGH HEFNER .

Tupac Shakur collaborator Big Syke is found dead inside his California home at the age of 48

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Big Syke aka Mussolini “Real Souljah’s never retreat”, says Big Syke. From Little Psycho to Big Syke, the name represents the graduation of each grade from the school of the streets. Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Big Syke comes from where hip-hop was born; the spot where the mind is challenged against circumstances, “You gotta be crazy to survive in the jungle”. Drugs, sex, and violence lured him and many of his comrades into destruction until Syke decided to turn to the solace of music. Big Syke starts telling his story with ‘Evil Mind Gangstas’. EMG was not a rap group or a crew per se; rather a collection of like-minded individuals who hung out together, supported each other, and just happened to record their history by making rap songs. Using his hustling skills, Syke sold thousands of EMG’s first album, “All Hell Breakin’ Loose”, which became the soundtrack to the lives of so many inner-city youth. The hard work put toward EMG built up his street credibility and led him into new musical relationships. In 1991, Big Syke met Tupac Shakur and they quickly became, ‘Closest Road Dog’’s, (Tupac Shakur, Until The End Of Time). This relationship marked another grade of street graduation, as Big Syke also became Mussolini – the first of Tupac’s OUTLAWs. The two made lots of songs together, starting with, ‘T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.’, which is one of many songs that was never released in its original form. Big Syke was also featured on, ‘How Long Will They Mourn Me’ and ‘Cradle To The Grave’ from the ‘THUG LIFE’ album that ultimately reached platinum status. Being a part of THUG LIFE meant more than just making music. THUG LIFE is an acronym that stands for The Hate U Gave Lil’ Infants Fucks Everybody. It is a consciousness, a movement, and a way of thinking that encourages the disadvantaged in society to rise above the challenges faced in the streets. Like EMG, Big Syke found another family of like-minded individuals who bonded for the purpose of prosperity. Tupac featured Big Syke more on his songs than any other artist, which is a testament to their brotherhood. From Tupac’s ‘All Eyez On Me’ album, Syke was featured on ‘All Eyez On Me’, ‘Picture Me Rollin’’, and ‘Check Out Time’. On October 16, 1996, Big Syke released his first solo album, ‘Be Yoself’ from his own label ‘Rideonum Records’. The album was well received by music critics and fans alike, and made way for more opportunities. Syke worked with artists like Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Spice 1, Nate Dogg, and more, making cameo appearances on their albums. Syke did sign on with Rap-A-Lot Records, but decided to continue to move independently before the release of his second solo album, ‘Big Syke’. As well as making music, Syke is pursuing other avenues of the entertainment industry. Dabbling in film, with the writing of a movie script, and fashion, with the imminent launch of his female lounge gear. The near future will realize the fruits of Sykes hard work, just like music has so far. A hustler at heart and a Souljah to the end, Big Syke rises above adversity and is still moving forwardBIG SYKE MEMORIAL.jpg

Mario Almada, Legendary Mexican Actor of Cinema, Passes Away

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The most prolific, legendary, influential, successful underground movie actor in North America cinematic history passed away yesterday at age 94. His name was Mario Almada, and he was Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, rolled into one Stetson-wearing, gun-slinging viejo Cabrón.

SECOND UPDATE:According to rapper Frost DTTX passed away on July 13,2016.

UPDATE 8:42PM: One source tells us DTTX is currently in a coma and “expected to pass away anytime.”

Another source tells me DTTX is on life-support and his mother is en-route to “say goodbye” and “pull the switch” at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.

UPDATE 9:50PM: Numerous sources (close friends of DTTX) tells Magic 92.5 that DTTX was admitted to the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas on July 7th, after being found on the ground and unresponsive, with a temperature of 107 degrees. He was labeled a “John Doe,” as the hospital was not able to identify him until only today, July 13th. From July 7th until July 13th his name was unknown.

UPDATE 10:53PM: This instagram post was published by ODM, the other half of A Lighter Shade of Brown.

First and foremost our deepest condolences for the fans friends and family of Bobby Ramirez from BISHOPDEVILLE.COM .

RIP DTTX

RIP DTTX

As a long time fan and recent acquaintance i knew that DTTX  was leading a rough life.Long time friend Bonedad put me in contact with him cause we booked him for two shows one in porterville one in Fresno  .when he arrived i see a shadow of his former self don’t let that take away from his music genius.he shared stories of Eazy-e ,2 pac,and how much he loved his family in Corcoran ca.He expressed although he missed them dearly “i cant let them see me like this” .Tyree Washington owner of Valley bay ent wasn’t sure how we were going to keep Bobby from drinking.We were unsuccessful in preventing him from getting drunk both shows one of which he was so inebriated he could barely perform.Between myself Louie mata ,and Tyree Washington we somehow  got him to perform in fresno.

LSOB was formed in 1990 by One Dope Mexican (Robert Gutierrez) and Don’t Try To Xerox (Bobby Ramirez).[1] They recorded demos and landed a record deal soon after with small independent label Pump. Their debut album, 1990’s “Brown and Proud,” brought the group their lone Top 40 single in the U.S. with “On A Sunday Afternoon,” which contained samples of The Young Rascals‘ 1967 hit “Groovin’ ” and Tommy James and the Shondells‘ 1969 hit “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also went to #1 for 2 weeks in New Zealand.

The duo provided songs for Latino-market movies such as Mi Vida Loca and I Like It Like That following the release of their second LP, 1992’s ‘”Hip Hop Locos,” which failed to chart. The success of “Sunday Afternoon” nonetheless resulted in Mercury Records signing the group and releasing their third disc, Layin’ in the Cut, in 1994. The record did not sell as well as was hoped, peaking at #184 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. LSOB went on a temporary hiatus,[1] returning in 1997 on indie with Danny “Dice” and Eric “Bajo” Thump Records. Their self-titled fourth album featured guest appearances from Rappin’ 4-Tay and Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!.

1999 marked the last of their releases, including a greatest hits album and a non-charting single, “Sunny Day.” That year, Gutierrez became a DJ at San Bernardino radio station KGGI and Bobby carried on touring as LSOB and working on new music. A decade later on October 18 2011 the album “It’s A Wrap” was released through Illuminated Entertainment Group. The album was produced by Playalitical and Ramirez is the only one out of the group that raps on it as sort of a one man Lighter Shade of Brown. The album’s radio single “Call Me Over” was produced by Fingazz and featured Playalitical and Zig Zag of the NB Ridaz. A music video was also filmed and released for the song. [1]

“Man, when we were first looking for a record deal about five years ago, people didn’t give a damn about Mexican rappers. It was like we had a disease or something,” says Bobby Ramirez, whose group A Lighter Shade of Brown has a big Southern California hit single in “Homies.”

At the end of the ’80s, though, Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace spearheaded a surge in Latino rap, culminating in the emergence last year of Cypress Hill and A Lighter Shade of Brown. To Ramirez, though, Latino rap still hasn’t arrived.

“Most of the labels still haven’t gotten the message about the Latino market,” explains Ramirez, whose partner in LSOB is Robert Gutierrez. “They don’t know the market–don’t realize how big it is and how much the kids buy rap and hip-hop records.”

But Quality Records got the message, signing LSOB in 1990. The group’s first album, “Brown & Proud,” sold more than 250,000 copies that year, mostly within the Latino community. But the current album, “Hip Hop Locos,” should easily top that, spurred by the success of “Homies,” a huge local hit that’s just starting to make an impact nationally.

Attrel “Prince Be” Cordes, founding member of the chart-topping hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn, died Friday

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Attrel “Prince Be” Cordes, one-half of the chart-topping hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn, died Friday following a battle with renal kidney disease. Steve Eichner/Archive Photos

Attrel “Prince Be” Cordes, founding member of the chart-topping hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn, died Friday in a New Jersey hospital following a battle with renal kidney disease. He was 46. A representative for the group confirmed Cordes’ death to People.

“Prince Be Rest In Peace forever more, Pain from Diabetes can’t harm you anymore,” Cordes’ cousin and P.M. Dawn member Doc G wrote onthe group’s Facebook page following Cordes’ death. “My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong.”

Formed by brothers Attrel and Jarrett “DJ Minutemix” Cordes in their native Jersey City, New Jersey in 1988, P.M. Dawn became only the third hip-hop act ever – and first black rappers – to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991 with their single “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” which revolved around a sample of Spandau Ballet’s “True.” The band’s critically acclaimed 1991 debut LP, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience, achieved gold status, as did its well-received follow-up, 1993’s The Bliss Album…?<?i>.

P.M. Dawn once again climbed to the upper reaches of the Hot 100 again – Number Three – with their ballad “I’d Die Without You,” which gained popularity after first appearing on the 1992 soundtrack for the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. The track later featured on The Bliss Album…?alongside “Looking Through Patient Eyes,” another Top 10 hit and a cover of the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown).”

The Cordes brothers released two more albums in the Nineties, 1995’s Jesus Wept and 1998’s Dearest Christian, I’m So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad, neither of which attained the critical or commercial success of its predecessors. Although health problems stemming from diabetes took its toll on Prince Be – he suffered a stroke in 2005 that paralyzed the left side of his body, and his one of his legs was amputated below the kneecap – but P.M. Dawn continued to have a considerable impact on contemporary hip-hop, including its “cloud rap” offshoot.

“Kanye West, T-Pain, Outkast… but you can’t mention P.M. Dawn without mentioning De La Soul, and you can’t mention Arrested Development without mentioning P.M. Dawn,” Doc G said in a 2011 interview of the artists P.M. Dawn inspired. “Everybody begets somebody. We had the weirdness. Now it’s okay to be weird; it’s okay to wear bizarre things.”

 

CONFIRMED Kimbo Slice, born Kevin Ferguson, has passed away. He was 42-years-old.

 

Kimbo Slice, born Kevin Ferguson, has passed away. He was 42-years-old.

The famed MMA fighter Kimbo Slice was admitted to a hospital in a “dire” condition earlier today (June 6) in Florida.

Reports TMZ:

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice was hospitalized in Florida earlier today … and multiple sources tell TMZ Sports the situation does not look good. 

Law enforcement sources tell us … Slice was admitted to a hospital near his home in Coral Springs, FL. 

Police are currently at his home gathering information from family members. 

Kimbo — real name Kevin Ferguson — last fought at Bellator 149 back in February and defeated Dada 5000 — but the victory was overturned when Slice tested positive for a banned steroid.

Unconfirmed sources are saying Kimbo was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Kimbo’s training partner, Tyler Cook, has reportedly confirmed the street fighter turned MMA pro’s death.

This story is developing.

 

 

Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesperson confirmed to NBC News. He was 74.Muhammad Ali r.i.p

Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.

The remark bookended the life of a man who burst into the national consciousness in the early 1960s, when as a young heavyweight champion he converted to Islam and refused to serve in the Vietnam War, and became an emblem of strength, eloquence, conscience and courage. Ali was an anti-establishment showman who transcended borders and barriers, race and religion. His fights against other men became spectacles, but he embodied much greater battles.

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Born Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to middle-class parents, Ali started boxing when he was 12, winning Golden Gloves titles before heading to the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight.

He turned professional shortly afterward, supported at first by Louisville business owners who guaranteed him an unprecedented 50-50 split in earnings. His knack for talking up his own talents — often in verse — earned him the dismissive nickname “the Louisville Lip,” but he backed up his talk with action, relocating to Miami to train with the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee and build a case for getting a shot at the heavyweight title.

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Muhammad Ali, right, attacks Alex Mitoff in the sixth round in which Ali clobbered the Argentinean to the canvas, on Oct. 7, 1961 in Louisville, Ky. H.B. Littell / AP, file

As his profile rose, Ali acted out against American racism. After he was refused services at a soda fountain counter, he said, he threw his Olympic gold medal into a river.

Recoiling from the sport’s tightly knit community of agents and promoters, Ali found guidance instead from the Nation of Islam, an American Muslim sect that advocated racial separation and rejected the pacifism of most civil rights activism. Inspired by Malcolm X, one of the group’s leaders, he converted in 1963. But he kept his new faith a secret until the crown was safely in hand.

Related: ‘Blood Brothers’: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

That came the following year, when heavyweight champion Sonny Liston agreed to fight Ali. The challenger geared up for the bout with a litany of insults and rhymes, including the line, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He beat the fearsome Liston in a sixth-round technical knockout before a stunned Miami Beach crowd. In the ring, Ali proclaimed, “I am the greatest! I am the greatest! I’m the king of the world.”

A Controversial Champion

The new champion soon renounced Cassius Clay as his “slave name” and said he would be known from then on as Muhammad Ali — bestowed by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad. He was 22 years old.

The move split sports fans and the broader American public: an American sports champion rejecting his birth name and adopting one that sounded subversive.

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Speaking at a press conference in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1970, deposed world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali “Cassius Clay” said he might fight Jerry Quarry in New York if Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox succeeds in halting the scheduled Atlanta bout. Charles Kolenovsky / AP, file

Ali successfully defended his title six times, including a rematch with Liston. Then, in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, Ali was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army.

He’d said previously that the war did not comport with his faith, and that he had “no quarrel” with America’s enemy, the Vietcong. He refused to serve.

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, some poor, hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America, and shoot them for what?” Ali said in an interview. “They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn’t put no dogs on me.”

His stand culminated with an April appearance at an Army recruiting station, where he refused to step forward when his name was called. The reaction was swift and harsh. He was stripped of his boxing title, convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison.

Released on appeal but unable to fight or leave the country, Ali turned to the lecture circuit, speaking on college campuses, where he engaged in heated debates, pointing out the hypocrisy of denying rights to blacks even as they were ordered to fight the country’s battles abroad.

“My enemy is the white people, not Vietcongs or Chinese or Japanese,” Ali told one white student who challenged his draft avoidance. “You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. You won’t even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs and you want me to go somewhere and fight but you won’t even stand up for me here at home.”

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Muhammad Ali is held back by referee Joe Walcott, left, after Ali knocked out challenger Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Maine on May 25, 1965. AP, file

Ali’s fiery commentary was praised by antiwar activists and black nationalists and vilified by conservatives, including many other athletes and sportswriters.

His appeal took four years to reach the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 1971 reversed the conviction in a unanimous decision that found the Department of Justice had improperly told the draft board that Ali’s stance wasn’t motivated by religious belief.

Return to the Ring

Toward the end of his legal saga, Georgia agreed to issue Ali a boxing license, which allowed him to fight Jerry Quarry, whom he beat. Six months later, at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, he lost to Joe Frazier in a 15-round duel touted as “the fight of the century.” It was Ali’s first defeat as a pro.

That fight began one of boxing’s and sport’s greatest rivalries. Ali and Frazier fought again in 1974, after Frazier had lost his crown. This time, Ali won in a unanimous decision, making him the lead challenger for the heavyweight title.

He took it from George Foreman later that year in a fight in Zaire dubbed “The Rumble in the Jungle,” a spectacularly hyped bout for which Ali moved to Africa for the summer, followed by crowds of chanting locals wherever he went. A three-day music festival featuring James Brown and B.B. King preceded the fight. Finally, Ali delivered a historic performance in the ring, employing a new strategy dubbed the “rope-a-dope,” goading the favored Foreman into attacking him, then leaning back into the ropes in a defensive stance and waiting for Foreman to tire. Ali then went on the attack, knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. The maneuver has been copied by many other champions since.

The third fight in the Ali-Frazier trilogy followed in 1975, the “Thrilla in Manila” that is now regarded as one of the best boxing matches of all time. Ali won in a technical knockout in the 15th round.

Ali successfully defended his title until 1978, when he was beaten by a young Leon Spinks, and then quickly took it back. He retired in 1979, when he was 37, but, seeking to replenish his dwindling personal fortune, returned in 1980 for a title match against Larry Holmes, which he lost. Ali lost again, to Trevor Berbick, the following year. Finally, Ali retired for good.

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Muhammad Ali, right, takes a punch from Trevor Berbick, of Canada, during the first round of their 10-round bout in Nassau, Bahamas, in this Dec. 11, 1981 file photo. AP, file

‘He’s Human, Like Us’

The following year, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

“I’m in no pain,” he told The New York Times. “A slight slurring of my speech, a little tremor. Nothing critical. If I was in perfect health — if I had won my last two fights — if I had no problem, people would be afraid of me. Now they feel sorry for me. They thought I was Superman. Now they can go, ‘He’s human, like us. He has problems.’ ”

Even as his health gradually declined, Ali — who switched to more mainstream branches of Islam — threw himself into humanitarian causes, traveling to Lebanon in 1985 and Iraq in 1990 to seek the release of American hostages. In 1996, he lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta, lifting the torch with shaking arms. With each public appearance he seemed more feeble, a stark contrast to his outsized aura. He continued to be one of the most recognizable people in the world.

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Muhammad Ali attends the Sports For Peace Fundraising Ball at The V&amp;A on July 25, 2012 in London. Ian Gavan / Getty Images, file

He traveled incessantly for many years, crisscrossing the globe in appearances in which he made money but also pushed philanthropic causes. He met with presidents, royalty, heads of state, the Pope. He told “People” magazine that his largest regret was not playing a more intimate role in the raising of his children. But he said he did not regret boxing. “If I wasn’t a boxer, I wouldn’t be famous,” he said. “If I wasn’t famous, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing now.”

In 2005, President George W. Bush honored Ali with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and his hometown of Louisville opened the Muhammad Ali Center, chronicling his life but also as a forum for promoting tolerance and respect.

Divorced three times and the father of nine children — one of whom, Laila, become a boxer — Ali married his last wife, Yolanda “Lonnie” Williams, in 1986; they lived for a long time in Berrien Springs, Michigan, then moved to Arizona.

In recent years, Ali’s health began to suffer dramatically. There was a death scare in 2013, and last year he was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive. He recovered and returned to his new home in Arizona.

In his final years, Ali was barely able to speak. Asked to share his personal philosophy with NPR in 2009, Ali let his wife read his essay:

“I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” Ali wrote. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.”

Music legend Prince was killed by an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl

Fentanyl killed the princeMusic legend Prince was killed by an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, Minnesota health officials said Thursday.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine that is used for severe pain such as advanced cancer, according the Centers for Disease Control. Although it can be obtained by prescription, many overdoses are linked to illegally made versions of the drug, officials say.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says it’s more dangerous than heroin and taking too much can cause respiratory depression. Some 700 deaths between late 2013 and early 2015 were tied to fentanyl and its variations.

It’s not clear if Prince got fentanyl from a doctor or another source or how long he was taking it. His death is the subject of a multiagency probe that includes the DEA and federal prosecutors.

“The investigation into Prince’s death remains active,” said Jason Kamerud, chief deputy of Carver County Sheriff’s Department. “I can not say when it will be completed.”

The 57-year-old singer was found April 21 in an elevator of his Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, when an employee of a drug rehab in California arrived to see him.

A Prince representative had contacted the rehab, Recovery Without Walls, the day before about a “grave medical emergency” related to the use of prescription pain medication, the facility’s attorney later told reporters.

The rehab doctor, Howard Kornfeld, dispatched his son, who is not a physician, to Minnesota with the goal of evaluating Prince and getting him to enter treatment, the lawyer said.

The son was carrying with him a drug that is often used for opioid withdrawal, but when he got to Paisley Park, he and staff members found Prince unresponsive. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Six days earlier, Prince was briefly hospitalized in Illinois after his plane made an unscheduled stop. His representatives said he was suffering from the flu, though audio from air traffic controllers later revealed the pilot reported an “unresponsive passenger.”

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Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, Calif. Kevin Winter / Getty Images, file
At the time of his death, Prince was being treated by Minneapolis geriatrician Michael Schulenberg for opioid withdrawal, anemia and a fatigue, a source with knowledge of his treatment told NBC News.

According to court documents, Schulenberg had seen Prince the night of April 20 and went to Paisley Park the following morning to deliver test results only to discover his patient had died. He told police he had prescribed medication to Prince; the source said the medication was not painkillers.

After his death, close friends of Prince said they did not believe the musician — a devout Jehovah’s Witness and proponent of clean leaving — was abusing drugs.

Others have pointed out that Prince had hip problems from years of energetic performances that could have pushed him to take pain medicine.

“When you get into the last years of your ability to meet the public’s demands, you’ve to take something to either enhance your performance, recover from your performance, or to address the pain later,” said a former band member who performed with him a year ago.

“You just can’t perform on that level and meet those audience demands without taking something, legal or illegal.”

A law firm representing Prince’s only full sibling, Tyka Nelson, said they had no comment on the medical examiner’s report.

Dr. Mark Willenbring, who heads the Alltyr clinic in Minneapolis, said he’s seen fentanyl abuse in his clients.

“It’s very much happening here,” he said. “People are getting all sorts of stuff, including fentanyl, off the dark web.”

Willenbring said fentanyl addiction is treated the same way as addiction to other pain medications like Percocet or Oxycontin.

He believes that if Prince or his handlers had sought help at a local clinic and been treated with a drug like Suboxone — similar to the drug the rehab doctor’s son brought with him — he would likely still be alive.

He wondered if fear of being exposed had stopped the singer or his associates from reaching out to an addiction specialist sooner.

“Because Prince was Prince he didn’t get good care,” Willenbring said. “It’s a terrible tragedy.”

Prince dead at age 57

Superstar Prince died at his estate in Carver County, Minn., on Thursday, his publicist said.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating a death at the estate.

“We are not releasing any information regarding the identity of the person who died until next of kin is notified,” spokesman Jason Kamerud said.

TMZ first reported the singer had died at age 57.

On Friday, Prince was released from the hospital and returned to his Minnesota home after making an emergency landing in Illinois.

Prince has been battling the flu for several weeks, even canceling two shows in Atlanta last week, his representative told TMZ. Those shows were pushed to Thursday, and, although still not feeling well, he performed anyway for a packed Fox Theatre crowd.

After boarding his private plane to fly home, the singer’s condition worsened, and the pilot made an unscheduled stop around 1 a.m. at Quad City International Airport in Moline.

After receiving treatment, Prince was back on the plane three hours later.

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