Prince: Did Insomnia Play a Role in His Death?

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A new piece of information has seemingly come to light in regard to the shocking death of Prince.

Prince at NAACP Image Awards

The legendary artist, of course, passed away at his home in Minnesota last Thursday morning, falling unconscious inside an elevator and being pronounced dead by authorities within minutes of their arrival.

Both the entertainment world and the world at large have been in mourning ever since.

They've also been in a state of confusion, with very few answers having been provided by the police or the medical examiner.

Even the details provided thus far about Prince's passing have not revealed much.

Enter Maurice Phillips.

Married to the late singer’s sister, Tyka Nelson, Prince's brother-in-law was present at the family gathering that was held at Prince's home for a memorial following his private cremation.

“I was with him just last weekend,” Phillips says.

“He worked 154 hours straight."

On April 15, an airplane carrying Prince was forced to make an emergency landing due to a medical crisis surrounding the singer.

But Prince was released from the hospital after just a few hours and even showed up on stage the next day. 

Phillips' revelation, meanwhile, is not consistent with reports that the 57-year-old musician was hooked on sleep-inducing painkillers.

Specifically, various reports have alleged that Prince was taking Percocet, which is believed to have led to him overdosing on his private jet five days before he died.

No one knows for certain, of course.

And this would seem like a strange fact for Phillips to just make up... although it also seems incomprehensible for anyone to stay awake for 154 hours in a row.

For now, authorities have simply said his death is not attributable to suicide or any sort of obvious trauma.

There do seem to be multiple indications that foreign substances played some kind of role, however.

“Prince’s medical history is at the top of detectives’ list when it comes to cause of his death,” a police source tells The Huffington Post.

We'll continue to update our site with new information about Prince as it breaks.

May he forever rest in peace.

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